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Dec 12, 2015 6:16 PM

Hampstead man shares his fight against cancer in video documentary


HAMPSTEAD - David George is no ordinary man. A former mixed martial arts fighter and promoter, he is a
lumberjack and professional tree climber.

He also survived cancer, not once, but twice.

And despite all the challenges, he stayed positive, “because of my wife, my two little girls and my friends,” he said.

Diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 28, he underwent surgery followed by 12 weeks of chemotherapy - an apparently successful treatment regimen.

Then, on the verge of flying out to be considered as a semi-finalist for the CBS hit show "Survivor," he got another call from his doctor. His cancer had metastasized to his spine.

Instead of a trip to Los Angeles, he went straight to Massachusetts General Hospital, and his doctor set a date
for a second intensive surgery.

He eventually passed on the chance to appear on "Survivor" even though the producers called him back to join
the show virtually every season. He wanted to be with his wife and two little girls, he said.

But to stay positive, he also wanted to create an inspirational video that would help himself and others facing tough times.

He bought himself a microphone, GoPro video camera and a Nikon camera.

Over the course of 258 days in 2012, he recorded on video his journey including more than 6,500 photos.

Two weeks after the operation, he climbed the 6,228-foot Mount Washington.

He continued his intensive workouts, climbed trees, went kayaking and more.

He's calling his project "The Year It All Made Sense: A true story about inspiration and survival."

To help fund the video, George set up a Kickstarter campaign.


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