58-year-old Gary Nash had Hepatitis C and a liver problem but he successfully made it to the “American Ninja Warrior.”
Nash auditioned for the show and was able to make it to compete on the most challenging physical obstacle course on television.
“I had increased my strength dramatically. I thought, ‘Wow… I’m going to go for it,'” he said, noted NBC 12.
According to the site, Nash contracted Hepatitis C over 35 years ago but was only diagnosed in 2007. He now has stage four liver failure.
Last year, doctors prescribed a new drug to treat his Hepatitis C. During the course of his treatment, Gary trained for “American Ninja Warrior”. He also restored his eating habits and wrote a book about it.
After several months, Nash was free from Hepatitis C virus.
“By October, I had no traces of the virus, and I was considered cured,” he said.
Gary still lives with stage four liver failure and his doctors assessed that in five years, he will need a transplant. However, he remains optimistic and said he will continue to overcome any kind of obstacle that will come his way.
“I fought and I feel like I’m winning,” he said.
After fighting his disease, Gary is ready to take the course of the “American Ninja Warrior”, NBC 12 wrote. In his first try with the competition during season 7, he fell out of contention in the second obstacle.
“Now I want to be the oldest man. Next year I’ll be 59. Nobody 59 has ever completed the course,” he noted.
According to WNCN, 72-year-old Chuck Mammay, from Oak Island, North Carolina, is the oldest man who ever competed in the show.
Gary hopes that his stint on the hit show will bring awareness to new ways of overcoming Hepatitis C.
“American Ninja Warrior” follows competitors as they try to conquer a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the United States. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, tvseriesfinale.com wrote.
The show, hosted by Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila, and Kristine Leahy, airs Monday nights on NBC.