Six years ago, he was told he had less than a year to live.
Here’s an inspirational story out of South Carolina: In 2007 while he was deployed to Iraq, Army Chaplain Jeremiah Catlin discovered that he had a lump growing in his chest. After he was evacuated to a military hospital, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma cancer.
The 32-year-old was told he had a year to live.
I was crushed,” Catlin told the Star Tribune. “In my first talks with God, I was sure he’d made the wrong decision, I had so much more to offer.”
After numerous surgeries and months of chemotherapy, Catlin was able to return to active duty as a chaplain in 2009.
However, he was put on a strict health regimen that included not being able to tote a backpack or run. Doctors feared his blood vessels would burst.
Catlin decided to have none of that and committed to run the Darlington Marathon, which is nicknamed “The Race Too Tough to Tame”.
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