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Rod Wellman stood at the starting line of the Javelina Jundred, ready to tackle the 100 kilometer race. Like the runners who surrounded him, Rod had put in hundreds of training miles to prepare for the grueling event near Fountain Hills, Arizona. He had a plan for hydrating and refueling and had a team to support him on the course. But there was one thing separating Rod from the rest of the pack. The 46-year-old lifelong athlete and never-smoker would be covering the distance with stage 4 lung cancer.
"I'm proof that if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer," Rod, a special agent with the United States Secret Service, tells us.
This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.