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Don Thiltgen has always been a competitor. He set high jump records at Washington Junior High in Dubuque. He has carried that competitive spirit with him through life. He also is the longtime Mayor of DeWitt.

The mayor also happens to be a colon cancer survivor, has had both knees replaced, and at age sixty six, is in training for his tenth Crossroads DeWitt Triathlon.

In October of 2005, Thiltgen was diagnosed with an aggressive form of colon cancer. Don says he cried for a couple of days, wiped away the tears and decided to have surgery. That surgery was successful, and in 2006 he again competed in a triathlon.

Now, he trains regularly. Swimming, riding on the spin bike, along with walking and running are part of his weekely routine.

The mayor says each day is a gift. He gets his inspiration from the many spectators who cheer him on at the triathlons. This year, he'll bike fifteen miles, swim five hundred yards, and run or walk three point one miles in the August triathlon.  He wears a tee shirt which reads "Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back." Celebrate each day and be thankful! That's the Mayor's Motto.