Just the other week Mike, who lives in Fort Nelson, was in town to run the Vancouver Marathon and stopped by for a visit. His story's an inspiring one.
Mike was diagnosed with bronchiectasis - a chronic, debilitating respiratory condition - in 2010. By 2015 it had gotten so bad he needed surgery.
Before having the surgery, Mike promised himself, if all went well, he would start running to raise awareness about lung disease. And he has stayed true to his word.
On December 18, 2015, VGH surgeons removed the middle lobe of Mike's right lung and since that day, Mike has trained and run 13 half marathons and 5 marathons!
He did his first half marathon in May 2016 and hasn't stopped. So far his running has taken him to 4 provinces, 3 US states and last fall to Ireland for the Dublin marathon.This year Mike's off to Germany to do the September marathon in Berlin.
He tells us, "In my travels when meeting people I tell them it’s about what you can do, not what you can’t. You just have to take that first step. And for all the people with lung disease, it’s a matter of moving any way you can."
"I have been so grateful for everyone’s love and support, especially the BC Lung Association, Vancouver General Hospital, and all my friends and family. Breathe easy everyone!"
Here's a photo Mike sent us of himself standing next to his 'motivational wall'. Thanks Mike and good luck! We look forward to seeing you again soon!