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Defining diagnosis

Fighting a deadly disease, former pro rider Todd Franzen rediscovers his purpose.

Updated: September 28, 2010, 8:33 PM ET
By Devon O'Neil | ESPN Action Sports

Todd Franzen didn't know what was wrong last summer, only that something was.

He had taken a golf course maintenance job in his hometown of Breckenridge, Colo., where 18 years earlier he'd been the most touted junior snowboarder in America.

Franzen, 33 at the time, spent much of the summer hauling timber. He lost 20 pounds off his 6-foot-2 frame and felt stronger than he had in years.

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