Indiana's Matt Hay will compete in this weekend's Rev3 Cedar Point race after overcoming a rare disease.

Indiana’s Matt Hay will compete in this weekend’s Rev3 Cedar Point race after overcoming a rare disease.

The odds were stacked against Matt Hay. After being diagnosed with a rare disease, the Indiana man rebounded with incredible strength and endurance.

Two times Hay, who is from Munster Ind., woke up from surgery and had to re-learn how to walk. He lost his hearing and he lost many basic body functions most of us take for granted.

But Hay was not about to let his disabilities define him. And to prove it, he’s doing something truly remarkable. This weekend, he will compete in one of the most difficult and prestigious races on the planet – the Ironman triathlon.

Fourteen years ago Hay was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2, more commonly known as NF2. It’s a debilitating disease affecting 1 out of every 40,000 people. Benign tumors grow on nerves in the brain and spinal cord.

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