Mark Shafer, a 63-year-old Klamath Falls native, has announced his plan to mountain bike the Oregon Timber Trail — beginning Monday, Aug. 1 in Lakeview — in order to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. Shafer retired in January 2016 with plans to travel before his wife, Kelly, received an ovarian cancer diagnosis four months later. They canceled their trips to Europe and Yosemite, and Mark was thankful that he suddenly had the time to serve as fulltime caregiver.

“Sometimes we choose the paths we take in life, like riding the Oregon Timber Trail,” Shafer said. “Sometimes life makes a choice for you like it did for Kelly. If just a few people find my adventure interesting and take a minute to better understand the symptoms of ovarian cancer, then someone in their circle of friends might avoid a late-stage diagnosis of ovarian cancer.”

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