Alan Cory Kaufman was preparing for his 25th consecutive New York City Marathon when suddenly, the left side of his body stopped working. He was soon diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic cancer, and two brain surgeries left him unable to walk without assistance. Despite missing the marathon that year, he vowed he would return, no matter what it took. After over a year of fighting cancer and overcoming a grim prognosis, Alan trained to walk long distances with the aid of trekking poles and returned to the marathon start line as an Achilles International Athlete, finishing in over 10 hours.
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