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Almost 5 years after an Anchorage man’s loss to lung most cancers, his legacy lives on by means of a long-distance Alaska biking occasion during which he as soon as participated — one this reporter is becoming a member of this 12 months.The 2018 Clear Air Problem, a profit for the American Lung Affiliation, is on observe to lift $265,000. The Saturday occasion begins and ends in Talkeetna, providing cyclists distances starting from 10 to 100 miles.When Dara Glass met Sam Glass in eighth grade, she knew she had discovered “the one.” All it took was a look his method on the swimming pool, though she didn’t even know who he was. In ninth grade, they had been each class officers — and though their bond lasted by means of highschool, the 2 didn’t go on a date till their freshman 12 months in school.“And we go back to his dorm room and a girl walks by and she’s like, ‘Hi, Sam!'” Dara said, remembering their courtship at the time. “And I’m like, ‘Oh, no no no no no — I’m not gonna do this!’”However Dara couldn’t get Sam out of her thoughts, and 25 years later a Christmas card from Sam’s sister introduced information that Sam was single once more. After six weeks of attempting to overlook the information, Dara lastly referred to as Sam on the cellphone.4 hours later, Dara had agreed to maneuver 1000’s of miles to dwell with Sam in Arizona and marry him. They ended up in Alaska, and had been by no means going to depart.However precisely one 12 months later, every part modified.“It took about five months until a CAT scan was finally done, and that’s when we discovered it was actually lung cancer,” Dara mentioned.Dara and Sam first spoke with KTVA in 2012, when Dara was driving within the Clear Air Problem to lift cash for lung illness analysis. On race day, she was chipper as she strapped on her driving gear and joked about how she wasn’t fairly in form to experience 100 miles.Though Dara seemed glad, inside her anger was boiling.“Lung cancer has such a stigma attached to it,” Dara said. “You tell people he has lung cancer and they would be like, ‘Was he a smoker?’ And it’s like, ‘No; he was a world-class athlete.’”Sam was a gifted swimmer, who competed in school for the College of Oregon.In Alaska, Sam and Dara hiked all around the state. From Flattop to Johnson Move and Nancy Lake, each weekend was an journey. On a whim, Sam would give Dara a flirtatious look and say, “Let’s go!”Dara, the planner, needed to take a deep breath earlier than hesitantly saying sure.“He’s like, ‘You have to trust me! I won’t put you in any situation you can’t get out of,'” Dara said. “I was like, ‘Uh huh…’”Nevertheless, that modified as Sam’s most cancers progressed. Tarceva, the medical trial drug he was taking, labored for some time till he was in loads of ache. Then there have been extra tumors and three years after he was identified, Sam was going downhill quick.On one of many final instances he made it out of the home Dara, decided to deliver the previous Sam again, drove him to Hen Level and wheeled him round. They took a selfie. Dara knew the tip was close to.Sam, a Navy veteran, would by no means inform Dara how a lot ache he was in — however she knew, from the best way he winced when he went down the steps and when he dialed 911 somewhat than ask her to drive him to the hospital.On Aug. 26, 2013, Sam died at dwelling from issues of lung most cancers. To this present day, Dara nonetheless harbors a little bit anger.“He’s not here and we were supposed to retire here and I’m having to readjust my whole life,” Dara said. “I still feel lost and I probably will for the rest of my life.”Dara says she was feeling sorry for herself earlier this 12 months when she was invited to an annual advocacy day for the American Lung Affiliation in Washington, D.C. — the place she discovered that Sam’s life has helped others, due to the medical trial he participated in. Different lung most cancers sufferers on Tarceva, now FDA-approved, live longer, pain-free lives.So Dara will hold driving. That’s as a result of if a little bit ache now means much less ache for lung most cancers sufferers later, Dara will put up “with that crap” for the remainder of her life — even when she has to dwell it with out her husband.Editor’s notice: KTVA is a sponsor of the Clear Air Problem.Anchor and reporter Emily Carlson can be driving 100 miles within the Clear Air Problem beginning at eight a.m. Saturday — watch KTVA’s Fb and Twitter pages for updates on her journey all through the day.Copyright 2018 KTVA. All rights reserved.Anchorage boy, eight, donates hair to assist children with most cancers Hawkins says he has most cancers, will keep in governor’s race New report chronicles 15 years of Alaska cancers 

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