Chris Brandvold

“I truly believe that running has saved my life. At the age of 62, I completed my first half marathon after training with Fleet Feet. While training for my next race, my fitness started declining and I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I went through chemo plus radiation and spent months recovering. The next spring, I was getting stronger when I started dropping off again. I went to the doctor who diagnosed me with leukemia. I did three more rounds of chemo and had a stem cell transplant. I came out of that barely able to walk a few blocks, but I persevered. At the end of four months, I walked eight miles. I was finally feeling better when I was once again knocked down with pneumonia and ended up in the ICU. By the time I got out of the hospital, I was on oxygen, using a walker and on dialysis. Thanks to love and support from family and friends, including the large community of running friends I met through Fleet Feet, I got off oxygen and dialysis after six months. I am currently in my second running training group and working my way back. I am hoping to do my second half marathon in 2019.” - HOKA fan Chris Brandvold from Fleet Feet Spokane Valley, WA #humansofHOKA

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