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Monica Pato McAuliffe & Mark J Heulitt – “For Cancer”


MonicaMcAuliffeMonica Pato McAuliffe shares her ‘Why’.

My “why,” is to chase my fathers spirit. He passed of cancer 7 months after his diagnosis. Right then, I decided I needed to improve my health. I dug deep and found the motivation when I wanted to fold and just cry. I dove into love of the sport, triathlons. Through my journey, I lost 60 lbs and became a role model to my children. With great support from my husband, family, and friends….loving the healthy lifestyle, I became a certified health coach and have guided 112 people to their goals. Every stroke, I feel strong even when I am weakened with sorrow of his passing. RIP my Richard Pato. My “why” is now, when you exercise, everything else seems to “workout!”



MarkHeulittMark J Heulitt, MD shares his ‘Why’.

My why, Five years ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I was blessed to beat the cancer but as we were celebrating my being cancer free, I was diagnosed with a rare complication of my radiation treatment which caused nerve damage. The complication caused me the loose the strength in my left arm. I went from being able to do curls with 75 lb dumbbells, to only being able to do 2 reps with one pound. My wife convinced me that I could use swimming to strengthen my left arm muscles and compensate for my muscle loss. The problem, I swim like a rock. I know I needed something that would allow me to strengthen my muscles and work on my form.

After extensive research I choose the Vasa Ergometer. Over the next year I set a goal to swim a 2.4 mile ocean race with my wife in Charleston, SC. I am happy to report I was able to swim that race and finish in 44 minutes. I could never have been able do that without the strength and technique I gained from my trainer. Thank you for a great product.



This was a submission on the Vasa Facebook page as part of the Vasa Ripple Effect campaign which strikes to the very heart of what gets us out of bed in the morning to do the sports we love. We want the Vasa community to share, connect and live better lives. At Vasa, we believe in “the power of why.” We believe people can achieve the extraordinary when they know and live their why. And, we believe that if people share ‘why’ they do their sport, it will make them better athletes & coaches—and thus, better people—which produces a positive ripple effect on others. With that, we invite you to join the new Vasa community by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. Connect with like-minded people, share your Why—and experience the #VasaRippleEffect!