Tom Hulsey

Member Testimonials

Making a Positive Impact on Humankind

I was introduced to The North Dallas Athletic Club (NDAC), aka Telos, in 1990. As the winner of the Nike Cross Training Challenge (forerunner to American Ninja Warrior), prizes included an NDAC membership.  I’ve kept my membership ever since!   I especially love being able to swim outdoors year-round and the yoga classes (special shout-out to Youka!).

In February 2015, on my birthday, I heard these dreaded words from my doctor, “you have cancer.” The diagnosis sent me into a tailspin. My sense of hopelessness was compounded by the fact I had just witnessed one of my best friends lose his 4-year battle with prostate cancer; Bill Rollings was a long-time member of Telos. It was gut-wrenching.  I was ready to quit, to not even try to fight the disease.

Why is that important? At that time, I had completed nine Ironmans, six MountainMan Winter Triathlons (Team NDAC was in Colorado cheering me on) and was a professional skating & hockey instructor with the NHL’s Dallas Stars. I was enjoying life; I was at the “top of my game.”  I’m not a quitter, yet this bad news overwhelmed me.

What changed? Loved ones and friends gave me ways and reasons to live.  One reason was to be around to walk my daughter down the aisle. The first step in my battle was to hold on to my winning mindset. I decided to live and inspire others no matter what their life challenges. I set goals.  After my cancer surgery, I completed two more Ironmans, including the World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. An Ironman triathlon is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run – all in one day. It’s one of the most grueling endurance events known to man.

Since my surgery, therapy and achieving my goals, I’ve turned my life’s focus to cancer education and advocacy. I am a Board Member of ZERO Cancer, Peer Reviewer & Mentor for the DoD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and Patient & Caregiver Board Member at Cancer University.  I also volunteered at the Baylor Scott & White Cancer Health & Wellness Center where I am a “beacon of hope” for cancer patients.

I recently 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. He tells a great story of going from an athlete absorbed with training and competition, and almost arrogant about his health, to a man devoted to helping and inspiring others.”  Best of all; 100% of the net proceeds are being donated to cancer research.  The book is rated 5 out of 5 Stars on Amazon and it is dedicated to the memory of Bill Rollings.

Earlier this month I was honored and humbled to receive the 2019 Lauren Beam Philanthropy Award at the NYU Sports Business Society Awards at the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport for my “dedication and contributions toward philanthropic efforts that resulted in significant, positive effects on the world of sports and beyond.”

I’ve been married to Lauren for almost 20 years.  We have 2 married children and 2 grandchildren, and a third on the way!  I’ve always been role model for my children and students by living an active, healthy lifestyle.

Through the years, I’ve had the honor to meet some amazing and inspiring people at Telos and that is a big reason why Lauren and I have kept our membership, despite other health clubs being much closer to home.  Telos is our anchor for living a healthy lifestyle.

Life is Not a Spectator Sport – Tom Hulsey