Frank Chong’s story is the stuff that movies are made of. A great friend and supporter of Cancer Research Malaysia, Frank was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma (cancer of the connective tissues) at the young age of 12. His struggles and eventual triumph over cancer is well-documented in his inspirational book “From Cancer to Ultramarathons”.
Frank recently completed the gruelling 89km Comrades Marathon, the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race, in KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa and clocked a personal best at 10.27.07 hours. He also ran in the West Highland Way Race last week, which is a 152.45 km long route, running from Milngavie north of Glasgow to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands in 28.13.20 hours.
Here’s a personal message from Frank:
“Every challenge begins with the correct attitude to start and in believing that it can be done. As I inch forward with every step towards the finish of the race, I remembered everyone that are and were part of my life that brought me here. It wasn’t an easy task, myself and them knowing it, but as I carried a message of hope to those out there, let no mountains stop me. There is life after the Big C and it’s a beautiful one too when that has become a small c. And like my life’s mantra, we all just have to start believing cause I went through the journey. I fought the good fight and this is where I stand today.”
Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Frank’s success; may it be reminder to us all about the resilience of the human spirit and the challenges we can overcome if we put out mind to it. Well done Frank and we look forward to hearing about your next marathons!