Nothing can keep Caledonia graduate off the race track
Three months ago, Jake Lampert was lying in a hospital bed, about to undergo a six hour biopsy to remove melanoma from behind his right ear. It had spread to his lymph nodes, causing a lump and the need for immediate surgery. There was no timetable for his return, but when Lampert asked his doctor how soon he could race again, the doctor told him it could be well past August until he got back on the racetrack.
The first scare for Lampert happened a week before Easter of 2013, when he had a tumor removed from behind his right ear. Scans showed no lingering problems, and he was cleared to go. But after he noticed a lump behind the same ear about two years later, he contacted the same surgeon, and was informed that the scans this time around showed stage 3 melanoma.
“It’s a big shock,” Lampert said about receiving the phone call. “Your ears kinda go numb when you hear you have cancer.”