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Asheville man trekked across the state to draw attention to multiple myeloma

Kenny Capps of Asheville completes the Throwing Bones Run, following the Mountains to Sea Trail from the Outer Banks to Clingman's Dome in Western North Carolina -- a total of 1,175 miles. The trek was an effort to raise awareness of multiple myeloma. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Our Person of the Week made the trek across the state to raise awareness and money while still in the midst of his battle with cancer.

On Thursday, Kenny Capps of Asheville completed the Throwing Bones Run, following the Mountains to Sea Trail from the Outer Banks to Clingmans Dome in Western North Carolina -- a total of 1,175 miles.

His trek is remarkable considering that three years ago Capps was diagnosed with Stage II multiple myeloma.

"When I was first diagnosed, they wanted me to stop running because I have lesions in my bones," he explained. "As my mother always said, I have holes in my head. And I really do."

His mission is to raise awareness and money to help others with cancer.

"They need assistance with some of the basic financial needs that insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare don't cover," Kenny said.

Before the diagnosis, Kenny ran ultramarathons. He continues to live an active lifestyle in the face of sobering statistics.

Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that attacks the bones. The mortality rate after diagnosis is just five years.

The father of three says every step he takes makes a statement.

"You only have so many opportunities to do something that is monumental in life," he said, setting an example for all of us. "I hope they'll be inspired to do something themselves."

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