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UK doctor raising money for cancer as he competes in Ironman Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - 33-year-old Jonathan Feddock is no stranger to the Ironman competitions.

He will soon be competing in his sixth overall triathlon. This will be his fourth time taking part in Louisville's event.

“Last year I was 16th overall,” Feddock said.

However, it's what this Lexington doctor, with UK's Markey Cancer Center, is doing during the competition that has impressed so many.

“Part of me combining a true passion I have, which is racing Ironmans, with another of my other passions, which is treating cancer patients,” said Dr. Feddock, a radiation oncologist at UK.

He's doing so with a touching strategy.

He'll begin the competition in last place with the goal to pass as many people as he can.

“Every one he passes is money in the bank for cancer,” participant Lynn Brannon said.

Everyone sponsoring Dr. Feddock will pay anywhere from five cents to a couple dollars for each person passed.

“We're in need of some renovations and some new equipment for the radiation/oncology department. The cost of the project that we have is gonna be $1.2 million,” Dr. Feddock said.

His hope is to raise more than $25,000 during the race.

It's a story that has touched strangers and participants like Lynn Brannon, who have their own connection to cancer.

“My coach kept telling me to have the one thing in my mind that's going to get me over the finish line, and this past November I lost my father to cancer. So this race is dedicated to him,” said Brannon,who's from Columbus, Ohio.

Brannon is hopeful to finish the race for her father.

“I know I'm going to make it,” Brannon said.

She says she'll be happy to see Dr. Feddock pass her for a good cause.

He too is hoping this will help to make a difference.

“Every time you finish a race you think to yourself I can do better if I tweak this, if I change this," Dr. Feddock said. "I think the exact same thing when I treat patients. Every time I think I can do better, there are things I can change. And one of the things I can easily change is actually to upgrade what I'm able to do and provide new cancer treatments."

If Dr. Feddock qualifies for the world championship on Sunday, an additional $10,000 will be donated to his cause.

To see how you can donate, click here.

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