Kevin Kraus

Herbalife employee Kevin Krauss had competed in the Herbalife Triathlon for the past several years, but this year was a different story. This summer, he was riding his motorcycle home from work and got into a serious accident. He woke up in the hospital, disoriented, and with his left leg badly damaged. Doctors performed nine different operations, but they couldn’t save his leg. On June 7th, 2014, his leg was partially amputated. Kevin’s father describes how athletic of a person his son was and how he couldn’t imagine that he would have to learn how to live with only one fully functioning leg. In the days and weeks after the accident, Kevin would catch himself thinking “Why me”? But then, he saw two paths he could take – a path filled with self-pity, doubt and regret, or a path where he stood up to the challenge and proved to himself that he could overcome any obstacle. With the support of his family, friends and coworkers, pity was no longer an option. In fact, his coworkers were so supportive that they arranged a huge photo shoot where they all held up handwritten signs with positive messages. Kevin was incredibly touched by the gesture.

His mom describes how when he came home from the hospital he was eager to get walking again, and he was also enthusiastic to visit the prosthetic doctor. He shocked his doctor when he got up and started walking on his new prosthetic immediately. Kevin was driven more than ever to finish the triathlon, continuing to train hard for it. On the day of the race, his nerves were high, but all of his preparation paid off. Competing, and then crossing the finish line, was the best feeling he had in a long time. Kevin says he wants to come back even stronger for the next triathlon. He doesn’t want people to look at him and say, “Good for him.” He wants people to see him as the competition that they need to try and keep up with. Most of all, he says he doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him, because he’s back.

“Competing in triathlons is the ultimate test of mental fitness. It really forces an athlete to push through that physical pain and find the inner strength."

“Crossing the finish line at the Herbalife triathlon was the best feeling I’ve had in a really long time.”

“I don’t want people to look at me and say, ‘Wow, that’s great, good for him.’ I want them to see me as the competition and try to keep up with me.”

“Do not spend any time feeling sorry for me. Nothing is going to stop me. I’m back.”

“My Herbalife coworkers arranged a big photo session where everyone made signs and took pictures with hundreds of people who I work with. It was so touching to receive that.”

—Kevin Kraus