Mike Orland is not about to let stage 4 cancer stand in the way of an adventure of a lifetime. On Wednesday, the 52-year-old former Cal Fire Captain set off on a motorcycle road trip with his two sons to Alaska.
"I have stage 4 kidney cancer, and I am not going to be around forever, and to me this is something I can leave with my kids that they can always look back on," said Orland.
In 2017, Orland was diagnosed and learned his cancer had already spread beyond his kidney. His son, Jared suggested he and his older brother, Jacob take a trip to make some memories.
"Five years ago we drove to Alaska with a truck and a trailer and we were seeing people ride motorcycles, and we always talked about how cool it would be to do that," said Jacob Orland.
So, this past Spring they began planning the 4,000 mile journey on the back of their motorcycles.