Odyssey Begins for 66 Iditarod Mushers

Three years ago, doctors told Chicago native Pat Moon he had cancer.Two years ago, Moon found himself more than 3,000 miles from home, lying unconscious along the Iditarod Trail. He’d smashed into a tree in the Dalzell Gorge, an injury that forced an early end to the rookie musher’s bucket-list ambition to run a dog team to Nome.On Saturday, Moon was back.He’s still sick. In addition to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he was diagnosed long ago with Ulcerative colitis, a disease that targets the intestines and kidneys. And after a winter training in the Western Alaska village of Unalakleet, he’s still a rookie looking to finish the Iditarod.”I’ve never felt better,” said Moon, who as been living in a storage room of the village post office, running dogs raised on seal and salmon. “Alaska has been good to me.”Read more here: http://community.adn.com/?q=adn/node/160046

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