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There are two sled dogs by his side, but Randolph Westphal is leading the way.

Westphal is a "take control" kind of guy.

So, in 1987, when he was diagnosed with a high stage of malignant melanoma. "I decided not to die. I was 29 years old. It was too early to die."

When he found out about cancer, he decided to take off on his bike. "So I went on the road, and the idea was to die on the road."

But at 55, Westphal has biked around the world, five times, endured 28 cancer surgeries. And picked up another mission.

"I like to inspire people. I say to people, 'don't sit in the corner and wait for your death. Open your eyes and lift up your head. The world is beautiful.'"

On his journey, Westphal has also set records by surviving outside, in the freezing cold. "A hundred fifty three days is my record, under zero."

But that's not even the biggest challenge. Westphal says, "the hardest part isn't the cancer-it's the drivers."

"He put me in the ditch and left. My leg was almost gone."

Westphal says he was run over by a driver in Argentina and was in and out of the hospital for five years.

Even still, he embraces his challenges and "I accept my cancer, in the meantime, as a part of my body. Just when you accept things, you can change it."

Westphal's message is simple -"never give up."

He's been spreading that message through bike rides in North and South America and Europe.

Right now, he's on world tour number six which should last until September of next year.

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