Around Thanksgiving 2015, Phil Henry was diagnosed with stage four melanoma cancer, meaning the skin cancer had spread throughout his body. He was told he had less than a year to live.
But there was the 65-year-old Louisianan jogging across the finish line at the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon, more than 14 months after his bleak diagnosis.
For the pharmacist from Jena, La., it was his 95th marathon.
“Every day since then is a celebration,” he said.
Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans was his first 26.2-miler after the diagnosis. He finished in 5 hours, 18 minutes.
“It’s a celebration of life,” said Henry, who is undergoing a clinical trial treatment in Houston.
Henry has run marathons in 38 states and plans to knock off one in all 50 states. He said he never considered not running after the diagnosis.
“No, (it was) full speed ahead,” he said. “Doctors say my drive and my fitness is helping me fight the cancer.”