Army chaplain defeats Stage 4 melanoma, takes on marathon at SC's Darlington race course

December 22, 2013 4:16 PM

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FORT JACKSON, South Carolina — While deployed in Iraq in 2007, Army Chaplain Jeremiah Catlin discovered a lump growing on his chest. Evacuated to a military hospital, the 32-year-old was told he had Stage 4 melanoma cancer and that he should spend a last Christmas with his family since he had less than a year to live.

"I was crushed," the chaplain recalled recently. "In my first talks with God, I was sure he'd made the wrong decision, I had so much more to offer."

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