From cancer survivor to thriver

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) From caribou hunting near the Arctic Circle to running races and taking fishing trips, Randy Herlein of Twin Lake has always loved the outdoors.

But four years ago, his life took a major turn. As he was walking up the stairs, Randy’s tibia broke. A few months later, a small bump on his leg became a tumor the size of a baseball, and he was diagnosed with cancer. To save his life, Randy’s right leg was amputated above the knee.  After a tough course of chemotherapy, Randy went to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.  Physical therapist Jennifer McWain helped Randy make the transformation from cancer survivor to thriver.

This past October, Randy and a few close friends realized a big dream — they hiked the Grand Canyon. To chronicle his adventure, Randy took several video cameras with him and captured his inspiring story.

Proceeds from Randy’s trip went to the American Cancer Society.

For more video on Randy and his journey, visit Mary Free Bed’s blog.

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