Trail Therapy

Phoenix Magazine (October 2019) by Mare Czinar

Following his May 2017 threat cancer diagnosis, Mesa resident Wyatt Roer resolved he wasn’t going to let the disease squash his plans to hike the entire 800-mile Arizona Trail.

“My family and friends knew that this was a rehab goal,” the retired earth-moving operations supervisor says. “Even though the radiation treatment lasted for six weeks, the two weeks after the treatment ended were the worst ones. And then, with months and months of side effects, it took me a year to put my weight back to normal.”

While recovering, Roer stayed mentally in the game by following Arizona Trail trekkers in a social media hiking group.

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