Running With Colon Cancer, Sports Medicine Doctor Takes On The Odds

Sports medicine physician Michael Ross isn't letting Stage 4 colon cancer get the best of him. Despite invasive surgery that removed part of his colon and chemotherapy, he's determined to beat the odds. In fact, he ran the Rothman 8k with some friends last weekend. He's also picking up new hobbies like playing the ukulele. "I guess when you think about our situation, you know there are people who are outliers who survive really difficult situations," said his wife Wendy. "If anybody could do it, I would bet on Michael."

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Sports medicine physician Michael Ross isn't letting Stage 4 colon cancer get the best of him. Despite invasive surgery that removed part of his colon and chemotherapy, he's determined to beat the odds. In fact, he ran the Rothman 8k with some friends last weekend. He's also picking up new hobbies like playing the ukulele. "I guess when you think about our situation, you know there are people who are outliers who survive really difficult situations," said his wife Wendy. "If anybody could do it, I would bet on Michael."
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Michael Ross, a sports medicine physician and 43-year-old father of two, is determined to beat colon cancer. A part of that is living like he's going to beat the odds. Last week, he ran the Rothman 8k with some friends. They're pictured here: Michael Ross, 3rd from left, crosses the finish line with colleagues from the Rothman Institute. Dr. Michael Ross who is being treated for colon cancers runs the Rothman 8K race on Saturday November 22, 2014. Photos are of Ross and the race.
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In the Rothman runners' tent, Michael Ross embraces a friend. He finished the nearly five-mile race up the Ben Franklin Parkway in around 42 minutes, twice as slow as the winners according to Ross himself.
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Michael Ross is a 43-year-old father of two. Here, he poses after the Rothman 8K race with his sons Jacob (left) and Michael (right), along with his wife, Wendy. "I guess when you think about our situation, you know there are people who are outliers who survive really difficult situations," said Wendy. "If anybody could do it, I would bet on Michael." The slow recovery time and chemotherapy have allowed Michael to spend more time with his sons.
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Michael Ross hugs a friend after crossing the finish line. Ross, who is being treated for colon cancer, ran the Rothman 8K race on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.
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Michael Ross (center) poses for a group photo with members of the Rothman team. The group wore bright blue shirts emblazoned with a big semi-colon, a riff on Ross' besieged body part. The group wasn't raising money. They were there to raise spirits.
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