By Doug Dunbar


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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In this week’s Wednesday’s Warriors, the time has come.  The Ironman World Championship is just ten days away.

This segment was created to highlight the research, bravery and stories of those in the fight against blood cancer.

I took on the challenge of Kona in their honor and to raise awareness and money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

We’ve covered some serious mileage during the last six months… for me personally with my training… and for our warriors in the fight of their lives.

When I first met 10-year-old Hamilton Grant, I didn’t see Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  I saw what it takes to beat it.  His upbeat attitude is infectious along with his love of flying airplanes.  That shared love made us best friends from day one.

Doug Dunbar with Hamilton Grant, Wednesday Warrior.

Doug Dunbar with Hamilton Grant, Wednesday’s Warrior

Ham’s spirit has helped me push through the last five-and-a-half months in the water, logging 166,000 yards.  94 miles.  65 hours in the water.

I am awed by Maria Perez, who continues her chemotherapy today, a first year student on a full ride to Harvard, as she fights cancer.

I’ve thought a lot about Adalynn Hawkins, who still has more than two years of treatment to go.

And Grand Prairie teacher Chris Hales.  He’s got incurable Multiple Myeloma, but he’s living his best life through constant life-extending chemotherapy sessions.

Chris Hales - Wednesday's Warriors

Chris Hales – Wednesday’s Warrior

Faces and names that filled my head as I turned my pedals over and over.  1,882 miles.  More than 110 hours on the bike.

Time to reflect on Will Jeffers.  He’s alive today because of the transplant from his sister.

Anna Holmes, five years cancer-free.

Anne Wise, who will celebrate her second birthday since her transplant, next year.

And Max Hinojosa, whose only path to a cure remains a stem cell transplant.

Some of the hardest days have been spent on the run.  498 miles since March.  Nearly 85 hours.

Thinking about people like Roger Lemieux, diagnosed in November 2015.  He died 106 days later.

And Candice Stinnett a three-time survivor of Leukemia after two bone marrow transplants.  She’s now cancer-free.

Candice Stinnett - Wednesday's Warrior

Candice Stinnett – Wednesday’s Warrior

The same home for Ryan Mims who turned 4-years-old this week.

I leave for Kona on Monday.  The race is next Saturday, October 8.  We’ve raised more than $120,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and we’re not stopping.