EUGENE, Ore. — A Portland man will be in Eugene Monday to take on a challenging task. He plans to swim the entire length of the Willamette River.
The swim starts at Alton Baker Park and goes to the Columbia River–that’s 184 miles. It’s never been done before. Dean Hall will attempt it to inspire cancer patients to believe there’s life after a diagnosis.
Hall is a double cancer patient. He’s battling leukemia and lymphoma.
“Most cancer patients just let go of their future and just concentrate on getting better. I think that’s a big mistake. That’s why I picked something so absolutely, overwhelmingly astounding. I want to try to show cancer patients that they cannot just return to and ordinary life, they can have an extraordinary life,” says Hall.
Hall plans to swim 10 to 12 miles per day. The swim should take him 18 to 20 days.