Valley cancer survivor beats the odds on incredible life journey

'Ironman" athlete shares story of survival

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A Valley athlete is beating the cancer odds and taking his life on an incredible journey. It's one where he’s inspiring everyone he can, while staying healthy and extremely fit.

In his early 20s, Mark Ingle was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Within days of going to the doctor complaining of pain in his body, he found out he had stage four testicular cancer.

Now, he’s active and is not letting anything get in his way.

“Life flips on its head and you are only as strong as personal relationships and I think that’s what I learned then,” Ingle said.

A few months after being diagnosed, Ingle's cancer was miraculously cured. But the challenges didn’t stop there.

“Those are the types of things that get you through troubled times and you don’t know when it’s going to strike,” he said.

Because of the chemo, Ingle was then diagnosed with a bone condition that could have ended his hopes of becoming an Ironman finisher. But he didn’t quit.

“I was proud of myself when I crossed that finish line because I worked so hard," he said. "Everything God gave me, my mind, my body, and it was amazing.”

Today, a little more than a decade after being cured, Ingle helps train other athletes with Train Arizona.

“The thank you's and the appreciation and just for my style of training to take in other people and for them to be able to look at themselves in a better light and be excited about what they’re doing and where they’re going,” he said.

Ingle helps them achieve what’s said to be impossible, just like he was told but never let happen.

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