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50-Plus Living: Stillwater Cancer Survivor completes Long Trail Hike

Wednesday, August 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By: Indiana Nash

www.dailygazette.com, 8/04/19

 

Al Mackay reached a few new peaks this month.

The Stillwater resident hiked Vermont’s 272-mile Long Trail, all while feeding enterally and while raising money for the Oley Foundation, a non-profit that assists people with intravenous nutrition and enteral feeding.

Oh, and a sprained knee.

Mackay’s motto is “limitations are a state of mind,” and he certainly lived that out along the trail.

The Adirondack 46er is well known not only in the hiking community but in the local business community. Throughout his career, he has owned and/or managed the Luther Forest Corporation and ran Saratoga Water Services, Inc. and the Saratoga Lake Golf Club. He also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Stillwater.

He was diagnosed with tonsil cancer in 1999, and had a tonsillectomy and was given several aggressive rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Shortly after, he was told he was cancer-free. However, years later, he developed a high-grade sarcoma on his esophagus. In 2017, he underwent extensive surgery to remove it and, after a long recovery, started to feed enterally or through a tube.

 

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This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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