A Vermont athlete created a beer for the foundation that gave him a running blade

A Vermont athlete created a beer for the foundation that gave him a running blade

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