Phil DeGruy: When Going Through Hell, Keep Going

In this episode of Championship Leadership, we are grateful to interview Phil DeGruy, former Restaurateur and now a Sales Manager of a $40 million distribution company. He will share his story of how he went through the journey of conquering Stage 3 colon cancer and five years later came out stronger, healthier, and living a fulfilling life.

Today, Phil DeGruy is on a mission to serve his life’s greater purpose- to help kids who have lost a parent to cancer through his newly launched foundation.

Find out more about the foundation and be a part of a great cause!

Tune in to this episode!

In This Episode:

[2:08] What does Championship Leadership mean to Phil?
[3:30] Who is Phil DeGruy and what brought him to where he is today?
[13:41] How does stage 4 cancer change Phil’s lifestyle?
[17:32] Leaders that have influenced him.
[22:45] His vision, future plans, and the impact he wants to make.
[29:13] A turning point inside of his life.
[33:22] Episode takeaways.

Important Quotes:

“Championship Leader is the one that can identify the team, identify the team’s needs, pull the team together and get the team downfield.”

 “In every significant negative event in my life, I’ve come out stronger.”

“I am constantly trying to put myself in difficult, challenging, uncomfortable events and it just makes me stronger.”

“People resonate with my story, so why not use it for a greater purpose.” 

“You got to move, you got to get some exercise, and you got to do something physical because it starts clearing your mind.”

  “Every significant negative impact negative event in my life, I have turned it into something better.”

 “Don’t ask to eliminate this challenge from your life, make it count.” 

“When going through hell, keep going.”

About The Guest:

Phil DeGruy
2x cancer survivor-
⁃Stage IV metastatic colon cancer diagnosed in February 2017 I had surgery to remove half my left lung and refused treatment deciding to battle it with a healthy lifestyle. 
⁃Completed 4 sprint triathlons, 2 half marathons, a marathon and 2 ultra marathons on my Stage IV to 140.6 journey since my diagnosis. 
⁃Started Running For Dreams Foundation to help kids who have lost a parent to cancer.
⁃Launching the Make It Count podcast helping people triumph through the hard seasons of life and make it count.
Married to Christina for 26 years, father of 4 boys and PaPere to the 3 cutest grandchildren ever. 
Sales Manager for New Orleans Fish House servicing the finest restaurants, hotels and casinos from Houston, Texas to Destin, FL and from the Bayou to Jackson, MS. 
Spent 24 years in the restaurant industry including owning and operating Phil’s Grill for 10 years, an award winning burger concept in the greatest restaurant community in the world, New Orleans. 
Spent 4 years in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Surveyor stationed at Fort Polk, LA and Fort Hood, TX.


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