Army veteran and father of two completes goal of 176,200 pushups while fighting cancer

  • 07 Nov - 13 Nov, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
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After Nathan Tirey was diagnosed with blood cancer late last year, he hit the ground – literally. Since the beginning of 2020, the Army veteran has done an average of 484 pushups a day to complete 176,200 as he battles chronic lymphocytic lymphoma. Tirey chose that number for a specific purpose – an average of 176,200 people are diagnosed with the disease every year, and he felt it would be the perfect way to honour them and raise awareness around the rare form of cancer. Tirey – who was 41 when he began the challenge – uploaded dozens of videos of his exercise regimen to the YouTube channel, Pushing Through Cancer. "This isn’t something where I’m splicing together a bunch of clips. It is one continuous video because I want it to be authentic and show the real struggle of cancer treatment," said Tirey. Earlier this month, Tirey completed his final 150 pushups to reach 176,200 and had his two children finish it beside him.