I'M TAKING A VICTORY LAP! This first picture is in New York, on September 28, 1999, one day before I would have emergency exploratory surgery at St. Claire's hospital. I awakened to find that I had stage IIIc colon cancer. I was missing nine inches of colon and had this strange bag hanging from my side. After eleven days in the hospital and a few more days of monitoring I was allowed to go back to Minneapolis. After complications from the surgery, I went through chemotherapy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. On the tenth anniversary of my survival, I thought I needed to do something to celebrate life. I decided I would run a marathon and ten years to the day of laying in the hospital, I crossed the finish line of the Twin Cities Marathon with my daughter. My wife and son were at the finish line cheering us on as were other family and friends. Since then my mother, Mary Fran, has passed away from colon cancer. I want to run New York in her memory and for those I know who have suffered from cancer. Grandma Rose, Aunt Betty, Tana, Aunt Susie, Denise ,Uncle Bobby, Aunt Doris, Cathleen G., Joy P.,Emily G.,Nancy G., Kathy L., Tim G., Olie O., Dr. Jim, Dr. Paul, Dr. Jan, Dr. Gordy, Lois J., Judy E., Loni A., Jonathan G. Barbara W., Tena Parde, Doug G.
The other photos are of some people and events I almost missed. Thank you for helping me raise money for the cure.
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