Neil Taylor didn't know what was happening when he woke in the hospital bed. "I felt an IV, a belly tube, a catheter and what the hell is this going down my throat?"

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It starts as a low hum but grows into a roar as Brad Ludden, 29, and his friend, nicknamed 'Tailz', drift towards the rapids on the Colorado River. Tailz's mouth is pursed with the determination of an athlete.

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Imagine one day you are a 28 year old math and PE teacher at a school for learning disabled boys, totally in love with your job. Now imagine one week later you wake up from emergency surgery for a cancerous brain tumor, incredibly fortunate to be alive, but in a world of complete darkness.

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We accidentally forgot he was sitting right beside us and he overheard our conversation. It was then he piped up and shouted, "HEY, I'm blind, not deaf. Don't fu**ing coddle me!

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Everything is visual in life," Taylor said. "Crossing the street, driving a car, looking at beautiful women: it's all visual.

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I love to ski, I love to mountain bike," Taylor says. "Going blind made a huge void in my life because everything in life is visual. I can't shoot darts, I can't play pool, I can't throw the lacrosse ball with my Dad. I can't shoot hoops with my brother or hit the tennis ball with my mother. I can't enjoy art in a museum with my sisters.

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Neil studied for three years, first as an intern at Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster and then at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland. He was the school's first blind student. He is now a certified and insured massage therapist specializing in Swedish and deep tissue massage.

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You cannot measure a man until he has fallen from some dizzying height. The measure is in neither the rise nor the fall but in the rising itself where you will find, or not find, grace. Neil Taylor has grace in spades.

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It would be an immense pleasure if our local waterways were accessible for those inclined to enjoy perching on the riverbank, propping our fishing poles in the water and drowning a few worms. Especially for those who can't walk and certainly for myself who can't walk and who is chief sled dog for Neil whom I have already reduced to his knees once or twice by way of a low hanging garage door and a like wise inclined tree branch. I hate to see a grown man cry and worse still, I hate to have no excuse good enough for causing it. But that's fodder for another day.

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The 26.2 miles of a marathon are known to be a test of human endurance, for those who have run the race as well as for those who have only imagined it. On Feb. 17 in Austin, Texas, Dummerston native Jeremiah Cioffi and his wife Kim ran the Livestrong Marathon on behalf of Brattleboro resident Neil Taylor. They did so to to honor Taylor’s battle with cancer as well as gain a new understanding of his ongoing struggle.

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