It's that second part that may prove to be his biggest challenge yet.
Diagnosed with cancer in July 2009, Ian has been battling ever since. The talented athlete has endured countless chemotherapy and radiation treatments and has been subject to endless episodes and examinations.
In May, he celebrated with his family after a series of scans indicated the cancer could be in remission.
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