"When someone tells you, you have days left...your whole life flashes before you"

By Liz Elan - bio | email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - At 69 years old, Danny Leonard should not be riding a bike. In fact, he shouldn't be alive.

"I was given less than a week to live in 1997 and less then three months to live in 1999," he said.

When doctors first found Danny's cancer 12 years ago, it was in his stomach, intestines, neck and chest.

"I went through three months of chemotherapy and I was clear," he said.

But not for long, the same cancer came back just months later. This time chemo didn't work. He would need a bone marrow transplant, but that would prove only to make it worse.

"It actually spread my cancer up my groin and down my back," he said.

Doctors gave Danny just days to live.

"When someone tells you, you have days left in your life, your whole life flashes before you," said Danny. "I got on my knees and cried out to God."

He asked for a sign from God and he says it came in the form of a bike.

"I thought, what in the world was a bicycle when I'm fighting for my life."

10 months to the day doctors told Danny he was going to die, he road his bike cross country 3000 miles from California to South Carolina.

"I still had cancer in my body. I don't know when it went away but the Lord blessed me and doctors were amazed," he said.

Danny passed through Shreveport on is second trip cross country to raise awareness for cancer, a disease that affects nearly half the population.

"I look at my children and grandchildren and half of them are going to get cancer," he said.

The two time cancer survivor calls his battle a blessing because it opened his eyes to living.

"I teach, I teach kids, I pray. I see my kids before I go to class and when I get there and I have the greatest day."

It took cancer to bring Danny happiness, he's riding in hopes you won't have to take the same route to get there.

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