WMBD/WYZZ-TV - DUNLAP, Ill. - Jake Vandermyde has earned his trip to state this year, representing Dunlap in four events.
"Good feeling, worked for it. Lots of good guys on our team," said Vandermyde. "Putting in a lot of effort on the year. You work for what you get out of it."
A little over five weeks ago, his life was turned upside down. Vandermyde had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor near his ankle.
"We talked to a friend of ours who is a doctor," the Dunlap senior said. " He had us go get an MRI and took us through the process of indentifying what it was and getting a good surgeon."
The surgery left him with a scar.
"Somewhat traumatic, I would say. But lot of support, and lot of people praying for me. That helped me get through it pretty well," said Vandermyde.
But now he hads to this weekend's state meet cancer-free.
"It says a lot about Jake as an individual," said Dunlap/IVC/Princeville swim coach Jim Bucher. "He never did want to give up. He wanted to be there with his teammates."
Added Vandermyde: "I'm the luckiest man alive. Feel good, great recovery and bless to go fast in sectionals and swim fast for relays. Go represent state level in Chicago, Have a good competitive race there."