South Carolina Dad Competing in Ironman a Year After Having Stomach Removed

April 10, 2019, 10:16 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX NEWS) — Athlete and cancer-survivor, Dylan Davison, will set out to complete 70.3 miles of an Ironman course this weekend, without the help of a major organ.

A little more than a year ago, Dylan Davison elected to have his stomach removed after he was diagnosed with a condition that put him at an increased risk of developing aggressive cancer that has already claimed three relatives.

Davison, a father of three, got in touch with Dr. Sam Yoon, a surgical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York who specializes gastric cancers, after consulting with others on NoStomachForCancer.org. Yoon put him in touch with his other HDGC patients and stressed that Davison shouldn’t delay his decision.

“Thinking back, it seems like a bad dream,” Davison said.

Yoon removed Davison’s entire stomach, and connected his esophagus directly to his small intestines, drastically changing how his digestive system works. Additionally, he was diagnosed with celiac disease, meaning his entire approach to eating would have to change.

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