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With her heart set on competing at the Olympics, Cindi Hart's dreams were derailed when a head-on collision nearly killed her; leaving her broken and bleeding on the pavement. When all seems to be back on track, she is devastated to learn she has cancer. Others facing this reality may struggle with 'Why me?', however, Cindi decided to find her inner strength and fight for her life. She found purpose in the wreckage; Cindi brings her experiences together to pay it forward.
Dreams and determination unite to make sense of unexpected turns: traveling with Special Olympians, overcoming feelings of loss from altered body image, raising a blossoming child and building an organization to spread messages of hope nationwide. Cindi is determined to leave a legacy, despite the obstacles in her path.
This is a journey of a life determined.
In addition to being a nationally ranked cyclist and speed skater, inspirational speaker and author, Cindi Hart has been recognized for the following awards: the 2005 Woman of Character, 2006 US Olympic Coach of the Year, recognized as a "Pink Power Mom", a Komen Honorary Survivor, recipient of the Reverend Charles Williams award and Coach of the Year for the National Council of Youth Sports. She works full time at Regenstrief Institute as a clinical informatics specialist and continues to coach speed skating and cycling. She sits on the Sports Resource Team as an advisor for Speed Skating and Cycling for Special Olympics International and also serves as Technical Delegate for the World games in both sports. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband Ken, daughter Madison, and their cat, Purzit. Cancer remains on her radar, and as president of Spokes of Hope, she continues to find ways to make a difference in lives affected by cancer. Her greatest joy, however, will be watching Madison make her own mark in the world.