On his birthday in 2015, Tom Hulsey heard these dreaded words from his doctor, “you have cancer.” The diagnosis sent him into a tailspin. Having lost his best friend to prostate cancer the year before, he was ready to quit, to not even try to fight the disease. Why is this important? He is not a quitter, yet this bad news overwhelmed him. What changed? Loved ones and friends gave Tom ways and reasons to live. One reason was to be around to walk his daughter down the aisle.
After completing his cancer recovery goals, including the IRONMAN and walking his daughter down the aisle, Tom dedicated his life to helping others facing life-threatening and life-altering obstacles. He serves on the Board at ZERO Cancer, Peer Reviewer & Mentor for the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), and serves on the Board at the North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition. He served on the boards at Cancer University and Mary Crowley Cancer Research ("hope lives here") and was a volunteer at the Baylor Scott & White Cancer Health & Wellness Center.
In 2018, Tom was dealt another life-threatening obstacle; a heart attack. Again, he was challenged to embrace the principles of a winning mindset to overcome this curveball. It was not easy.
Tom was the recipient of the 2019 Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award at the New York University School of Professional Studies and the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport for his “dedication and contributions toward philanthropic efforts that resulted in significant, positive effects on the world of sports and beyond.”
Tom authored The Winning Mindset that Saved My Life. It is a great story and inspirational book. Tom applies the skills and attitudes required to compete in an IRONMAN to life’s struggles. Net proceeds benefit cancer research, awareness and education. The book is rated 5 out of 5 Stars on Amazon.
Tom has completed 11 IRONMANs; 2 post cancer. The IRONMAN is a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike, followed by a 26.2 marathon - all in one day.
Tom earned his BS degree in Business Administration, with a minor in finance from the University of Tennessee. His career has been in technology; creating solutions by leveraging technology to make the world a safer place. Tom lives in Dallas with his wife Lauren. They have 2 married children and 3 grandchildren.