PORTLAND – A Gresham cancer patient who set out to swim the entire Willamette River was expected to finish his journey in Portland Friday.
Dean Hall, 54, is a therapist and businessman from Gresham. In 2007, he was diagnosed with leukemia, according to his sister Lisa Tyler.
In 2010, Hall lost his wife to brain cancer. Then, in 2012, Hall was diagnosed with lymphoma.
Although he has two active forms of cancer, Hall decided to attempt a huge feat – swimming the entire length of the Willamette River, from Eugene to Portland, to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“He believes that if he can swim the Willamette River, other cancer patients can find the power to heal,” Tyler said.
Hall battled cold waters and fatigue, but on Friday, he said he expected to finish his 184-mile trip.
“There are some moments in life that are truly priceless,” Hall said Tuesday, before his last legs of the journey. “Swimming into Portland today under the Sellwood Bridge is one I will treasure forever!”