Dave Hiler has long been a runner.
The co-owner of a Brattleboro restaurant and brewery ran the Boston Marathon in 2015 and 2016. Then, in 2018, after a half marathon in Burlington, Vt., “I looked down and had these lumps on the side of my leg.”
Doctors told him it was a benign cartilage disease. But a year later, “I had this other softer tissue happening. They said, you know, that’s something a little bit different.”
It was a malignant chondrosarcoma, a cancer in his knee.
“I was given the option to save the leg — which my doctor referred to as a tube with a foot at the end — or to take it off and go back to living an active life,” said Hiler. “That was a no-brainer.”
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By Lauren Daly, Boston Globe Correspondent
May 4, 2021