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Luck is a relative thing. Cancer patients know this.

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A 'lucky' trip to the ER realigns priorities for Eden Prarie resident

Randy Westphal of Eden Prairie was diagnosed almost one year ago with leukemia after an emergency room visit showed a sky high white Nike Uptempo Reflective

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"It's a little too early to tell if that is 100 percent successful," said, Westphal, reporting minimal side effects. "There have been positives. I'll know a lot more in two months if that's the drug that they'll continue to keep me on."

He got over an initial feeling of disbelief to embrace a program run by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society that raises money to save the lives of people like himself. The Team in Training program enlists people to participate in events like marathons and triathlons as money is raised to fund the development of life saving drugs.

try before the last resort. "We hope one of them will put me in remission," he said. If that fails, a bone marrow transplant is the next option.

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I was simply lucky."

Again, Westphal feels lucky. "What these people are doing with LLS and Team in Training I'm a direct beneficiary of that," he said.

Lucky, and shocked. "I just think the word cancer gets your attention," he said.

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"LLS and Team in Training are a huge part in how these drugs are developed. I've been fortunate to feel that first hand," said Westphal, who has tried two drugs in his treatment so far.

He was not experiencing any effects bruising, fatigue, enlarged spleen of the leukemia that otherwise would have led to a doctor visit. "I'm hoping that that meant we caught mine early on," Westphal said. "I was lucky. Nyc Nike Uptempo

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Westphal is one of 25 local honorary Team in Training teammates who have a friend or loved one training and competing in their honor. Last year, Westphal's girlfriend completed the Twin Cities Marathon in his name as part of the program.

Westphal is hoping to find a drug that works to fight back the cancer and avoid a bone marrow transplant.

Westphal has received an education of his own over the last year. "I could not have spelled leukemia," he said. "I don't know anything about it, and now I know a whole lot."

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It used to be the only option. Those drugs did not exist 11 years ago, Westphal noted. "So you were hoping to get to a place where you could have a bone marrow transplant and if you could not do that, people were trying to keep you comfortable for a year or two," he said.

blood cell count 268,000 compared to a normal 4,000 10,000.

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First, was one called Gleevec. When that didn't yield the desired results, doctors put Westphal on Sprycel.

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"If I can help educate anyone, that's what I want to do."

"I'm very fortunate because I haven't had to have a (bone marrow) transplant yet," Westphal Nike Uptempo Upcoming said.

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