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November 26, 2007

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One Iron Man

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Denise Schreiner

One Iron Man

A few weeks ago, Scott Johnson became the first double lung transplant to compete in the legendary Hawaii Ironman. The race  includes a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike race, and a 26.2 mile run. All elements must be completed in 17 hours.  

Scott's lung trouble began when he was an infant. He was 3 months old when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Even so, he led an active life, wrestling, playing basketball, and surfing. But at 29, Scott found himself in a hospital bed fighting for his life. He had wasted away to 94 pounds. His doctors told him later that if a pair of lungs had not become available he would not make it through the week. What no one knew at the time was that as Scott lay in that hospital bed before the operation, he wrote a list of what he would do if he ever got a transplant. Top of the list? Compete in a triathlon.   

Less than six months after he got his new set of lungs, Scott began training and announced his goal. Everyone thought he was crazy, but on Mothers' Day, 2003 he finished a sprint triathlon. His next goal? The most grueling one-day event in sports, The Ironman.

Three days after competition, Scott got married... to a fellow triathlete, of course.

BIG RED

When Nancy Poole walked into John Foy's piano restoration business, she was going through a tough time and was simply looking for a part-time bookkeeping job to keep her afloat. But inside the shop, she found much more than a job. Nancy laid her eyes on the most stunning piano she had ever seen. And as Nancy soon found out, the rosewood grand concert piano, which she named "Big Red," sounded as beautiful as it looked. 

As she spent more time at the shop, Nancy learned the history of the piano. It had bounced around from place to place, going through its own tough times and sometimes falling into disrepair. Nancy talks to Dick Gordon about how she learned something about herself from the story of "Big Red."

Special thanks to musician John Salmon.  John played the tunes on Big Red for our story.
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