Break Barriers is a narrative that was several years in the making. Bishoy held on to this mantra for nearly thirty years, a story that is highlighted by the lessons learned during his childhood bout with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia as an Egyptian immigrant. Bishoy shares how he was tried personally, professionally and athletically throughout adulthood until finally in 2017 he had his moment at Mile 40 of an IronMan 70.3.
He found himself secluded in a moment of darkness both emotionally and physically and he uncovered that “Mile 40” went beyond the course, it was those burdens he shouldered along his life’s journey that laid the groundwork for his next and perhaps grandest mission. That moment of enlightenment triggered a realization within that setbacks were never instilled to define oneself but instead to dare them to uncover greater potential.
Bishoy shared his story for the very first time later in 2017 when he decided to run the TCS New York City Marathon, his first marathon. Unbeknownst to him at the time, his story would be widely received and became a featured story of the national broadcast. In 2017, Bishoy raised over $50,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and he has continued to share his message on a wider scale since crossing that finish line in Central Park.
Break Barriers is an opportunity for readers to relate to the underdog, to uncover their own potential, and to learn about the applications of Bishoy’s key tenors: patience, perspective, and purpose. Bishoy’s message is a reminder that comebacks are always stronger than the original setback.