Special Olympics athlete with cancer just can’t quit


Chris Litwiller’s story includes a cancer diagnosis and a dream that won’t be put on hold.

The 33-year-old long-distance runner yearns to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. His preferred events are the 1,500-, 3,000- and 5,000-metre races. He’s also been training to run half and full marathons one day.

But this year, on Friday, May 13, there was a “hiccup” in those plans. Litwiller jokes he “should have checked (his) horoscope that day” for a warning.

Doctors diagnosed him with colorectal cancer and quickly sent him for chemotherapy and radiation treatments. His parents, Bonnie and Don Litwiller, jimmied their schedules to take him for daily radiation rounds at the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener.


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