TWIN LAKE, Mich. (WOOD) - A cancer survivor has finished his hike through the Grand Canyon.
Randy Herlein of Twin Lake was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2009. The cancer would eventually cost him part of one of his legs, which doctors had to amputate in order to save him.
Herlein made plans to hike into the Grand Canyon and back out with hundreds of ribbons attached to his backpack bearing the names of cancer survivors, those fighting cancer and those who had lost the battle.
He sold the ribbons to raise money for American Cancer Society.
However, the government shutdown put his journey in jeopardy when it shut down national parks.
Fortunately, the national park at the Grand Canyon opened before Herlein's journey and on Friday night he along with four others finished their week-long hike through the canyon.
In all, Herlein had more than 400 ribbons on his pack for the trip through the Grand Canyon.
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