Former Marist College basketball player Sebastien Bellin was at Brussels airport on March 22nd, 2016 and nearly lost his life as a result of a coordinated suicide bombing attack. Dozens were killed and hundreds injured that day. He's gone through a number of surgeries in the aftermath of the incident and has decided to not let it define or hold him back.

Now coming up on three years since the attack, he is in training for his first IRONMAN and his story is inspirational. He spent those first three months after the incident in a hospital bed and slowly began rebuilding. But Bellin wouldn't allow himself to be a victim stating, 'a victim is somebody who after the experience becomes less than the experience. I'm different I'm handicapped, I'm disabled. I can't do certain things like before. He goes on to say, 'but certainly, I don't see myself as not even close to being a victim because there are lessons from overcoming these challenges that make me a better person, that give me a better perspective on life'.

You can get an idea of where he's been and where he's going next in the video highlighted by IRONMAN below. You can also follow along by liking the TeamBellin page on Facebook.

The IRONMAN is a three-stage race consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and a full marathon at 26.2 miles.

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