Tom Prince Update: Alive and Well!
13 July 2012
Tom Prince UpdateDave Bourlet reports that Tom is alive and well...
TOM PRINCE UPDATE
Alive & Well
A couple weeks ago, I got a surprise visit of my old friend Tom Prince at the Max Muscle store in Venice. I had not seen Tom in a really long time except maybe for a quick minute on Sundays here in there at Gold’s Gym Venice where we would cross each other quickly on our way in or out of the gym. That day, Tom was on his way back home and instead of being stuck in the LA traffic, he decided to pay me a visit so we could catch up properly. He pulled up in a beautiful new grey Mercedes and park right in front of the store. As he got out of the car, he had a big smile on his face and right away I could tell he was a happy man. Tom retired from competitive bodybuilding officially after the 2004 Ironman due to kidney failure. Since then, he has been doing dialysis treatments 3 times a week for 5 hours, from 4am to 9am to clean up and purify his blood so he could stay alive. But on Sunday, June 17th, 2012 Tom received a kidney transplant and the operation was a success. Tom does no longer require dialysis treatments and after a couple months of follow ups to make sure his body is taking the new kidney without any rejection, he will be living a normal life, he’ll be able to travel even in Europe if he wants to. Tom said “Since bodybuilding, I have been living a charmed life, I am very happy” I asked him if he missed bodybuilding and he thought about it for a minute and said, “Not so much the competing, but the relationships and the friendships I forged over the years, that’s what I miss the most” “Since I retired, I have been working everyday with my wife Rebecca and I love it. She started her own Property Management company and today we manage 82 buildings. It’s crazy, I never thought I would find something I would enjoy doing more than bodybuilding but I have to say that this was a very smooth transition for me, I never skipped a beat. I am also happy that after years of being my rock and supporting what I wanted to do, today, I get to do the same for Becca and support her business and be her rock, it’s great!” Well it looks like life after bodybuilding isn’t so bad Tommy. Congrats on all your good fortune, we are truly happy for you.