The list of obstacles confronting Patrick Cogan and his pursuit of triathlon racing is as intimidating as it is long. There are the physical limitations of a young man who has Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), an incurable life-shortening neuromuscular disease that has robbed Cogan the use of his legs and much of his coordination.
He also needs expensive equipment, from a recumbent tricycle to a racing wheelchair. And he requires almost constant supervision, whether training or racing, since his body can shut down without warning.
So why does the 29-year-old Lynn resident chase his competitive muse with a relentlessness that matches his disease? Simply put, he’s an athlete, one who sees possibilities rather than limitations.
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