Cancer was looked at differently when Larry Chloupek was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 7, which led to the amputation of his left leg.
"Back then, in the '60s it was a lot different in regards to how the world accepts people with disabilities," Chloupek said. "People shunned people with cancer. They thought you could catch cancer, but I had a very strong support group."
On Saturday, May 20, 49 years after he lost his leg, he and his wife, Jenn, came from Scottsdale, Ariz., to run the half-marathon at the Scheels Fargo Marathon for the second time, along with Larry's cousin, Noah Lantz, who lives in Fargo. Chloupek has run three full marathons and around 20 half-marathons. He is in the book of Guinness World Records for the fastest full and half-marathon on crutches for someone with one leg.
"I had family and friends that said, 'Hey, we're treating you just like anybody else. You want to play basketball then you're hopping playing basketball. You want to play volleyball or whatever the case may be, you're doing it,'" Chloupek said. "I've been very fortunate to have grown up with family and neighborhood kids I played basketball with every day or volleyball.
"It's just one of those things that I want to show people with disabilities that they can do it if they put their mind to it. There's no question about it."