When Zach Zeiler was 15 and a sophomore in high school, he got news that would stun someone of any age: He was told that he had cancer, specifically Hodgkin's lymphoma. He would need both chemotherapy and radiation therapy in order to survive.
"It wasn't until my first night of chemotherapy that I truly understood what a luxury that health is," he writes on his website.
The treatment took its toll on the young man as he dropped from 150 to 106 pounds.
After each treatment, however, he found solace in lifting weights.
As he got better, he got stronger and stronger and could see the difference in his body, in new muscle, in growth, in rebirth.
He beat the cancer. But as you'll see, his transformation was from over.
Now he wants to inspire others.
As he writes on his website:
"When there is something that you want in life, whether it be a change, or goal set in your mind, I believe that you are given opportunities, every given day on this Earth to make it happen. Those opportunities, present themselves thousands of times a day in the choices that we make. Who and what we become, is based on the actions we take.
Sometimes there are obstacles in life, that try to throw us off track. We are given "choices," on whether we break through those obstacles, or allow ourselves to be broken.
A successful person, who has not only the determination and will… but also has the heart to stand up and fight for everything that is their passion and dream, they will ultimately be the one who accomplishes their goals to becoming the human being that they dream to be. It is my dream, to give guidance where that guidance is needed here in this world of fitness, that has, and will continue to change my life…"