LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – A man battling cancer is now carrying his message on the road. The Lansing man cycled more than 73,000 miles, which is about three times around the world.
Gar Watson is a cancer survivor and cyclist. He started cycling because of his cancer treatment.
“I actually ate a couch potato for about five years before this cancer, so it was finally a wake-up call and I started going to treatments,” says Watson. his values,” said Watson.
He cycled from home to his treatments in Lansing, a 14-mile round-trip.
“My frantic journey began during radiation treatment, which lasted three weeks.”
Watson is being treated for stage four non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
“I was very tired,” said Watson. “I had weekly blood draws for all of this, but after all the other doctor appointments, I was tired of going back and forth.”
The cancer was nearly cured by the time he received radiation therapy.
“I was very lucky, very lucky, because of the battle that I know so many people have to go through with cancer, I got through it easily.”
However, he needed to do something to keep himself busy, so he started cycling at age 49.
“Cycling is a cancer-causing knee response,” says Watson. “When I started, I just did the trail trips by myself.”
Watson will travel 1,000 miles per month for the rest of 2014, and about 7,000 miles in total that year.
“I record all of that for every trip I’ve taken, so that’s why I know for the first four years, I was averaging 1,000 miles a month.”
Eight years after being declared cancer-free and 73,000 miles later, Gar Watson is still hitting major milestones.
“So I’ve had since 2014, since May or June since I started riding, a little over 73,000 miles.”
Watson said he had been without a primary care physician for several years before realizing the back pain, which eventually turned into a tumor. He still visits the doctor regularly to make sure he doesn’t have cancer.
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