Utah cancer survivor to climb world’s highest mountain

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LAYTON, Utah — If you need some motivation to get through the rest of the year, get a load of this guy.

John Platten received a tragic colon cancer diagnosis in 2015.

"It was devastating to say the least, cause I had waited way too long", Platten said.

His cancer progressed over six years without his knowledge. After beating his cancer battle, the survivor is ready to climb the highest mountain.

Dr. Brandon Fisher chose Platten to join a group of cancer survivors trekking to the base camp of Mt. Everest.  Fisher said the journey "is a pretty hard thing to do; it's not that easy. It's 17,600 feet of elevation."

After witnessing Platten beat cancer, Fisher has high hopes.

"He had the attitude that I have cancer, but I'm going to do everything that I can to beat it."

The survivor is no stranger to struggle and pain.

"Everything is like someone taking nails and poking them into your fingertips and toes and your nose and your ears and your tongue,"Platten said.

During his struggle with cancer, Platten still lifted weights and played basketball on a regular basis.

"In my life, I've always been determined," he said.

With this will to live, it is clear why he is not scared to set his sights high.

The trip is set for April 2017; the group will be hanging Tibetan prayer flags in honor of cancer survivors.

"I don't just go for myself, I go as a representative of millions of cancer survivors," Platten said.

Man, there really ain't no mountain high enough for John Platten!