Kurt Kiser relies on faith for 'Cancer Challenge'

Kurt Kiser relies on faith for 'Cancer Challenge'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Follow Kurt Kiser's "Cancer Challenge" as he spreads hope, strength and faith while going through treatment for kidney cancer.

Kurt was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He will undergo four chemotherapy treatments before getting his left kidney removed.

His cancer journey started two years ago. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer at a regular doctor's visit when they found blood in his urine.

He went through four different rounds of treatments and at his three month check up after he was declared cancer free, they found it in his left kidney.

He would start his journey with chemotherapy, for two months, rest up and then have surgery to remove his left kidney.

"My left diseased kidney is called Lucifer. And my right healthy kidney is Gabriel. So Gabriel is going to win that one, I don't think there's any doubt," Kiser said.

Kurt's dad, Bob, is a survivor of prostate cancer, and is now 94 years old.

"He looks at this as an adventure really. He really, he has a good attitude, he's met people that he wouldn't have met before. If you don't go through something, you can't sympathize with people who do. And Kurt realizes this and Kurt see's this as a positive experience," Bob Kiser said. "He's got a heart of gold. I mean God has been good to Kurt and Kurt reflects that. He has a strong belief in God and I'm proud of that, I'm proud of Kurt."

According to Kurt, the good has been relationships he's built and finding out how many people truly care. 

He said he is positive and gets it from his dad.

"My dad has taught me to face things head on and that's what I'm doing, I'm facing it head on and with the help of a lot of positive people. I really want to surround myself with positive people," Kurt added.

"I think that if you don't think you're going to succeed, you won't. It's the same thing in anything, Kurt. You know it's the same thing in life," Bob said.

Kurt didn't feel like anything was wrong when he found out he had kidney cancer. His doctor, told him that was an important part because they caught it early.

"But, that's why I tell people you've got to go through those regular checkups. I'm fifty-nine years old. After fifty, you should really go every year. And if you feel good, it doesn't mean anything. Don't not go because you feel good. So, I think that's really important to know," Kurt shared.

After Kurt's first chemo treatment, he was sitting in his bed watching TV when all of a sudden he noticed his hair over his eyes.

"Run my hands through my head and you can't see that, it's hair. I drive with the top down in my car there's hair going all over. It's coming out. Nothing will change. Nothing will change. What does God look at when he looks at us. He looks at our hearts. That's what we need to look at more. We need to look at people's hearts. We look too much on the outside. It doesn't matter if I have hair or not," Kurt said.

With the help of his son, Colton, he shaved his head.

"Klotzman can't do the news without me. That's the key right there. You know. That's what I'm telling myself," Kurt laughed.

You can follow Kurt's journey with his cancer challenge by listening to his "Real Talks" on Facebook.
 

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