Whether he's pedaling through the foothills on his mountain bike, working to set up a school for at-risk youth or spending time with his grandchildren, Carl Koestner lives life for the journey. But that journey took an unexpected turn when the retired school teacher was diagnosed with prostate cancer. No matter. With his wife, Martha, by his side, Koestner has faced the battle with the same positive attitude and unbending faith that has always guided his life.
"The strong faith compels me to be involved in social action things, and being involved in social action things remind me that I might have cancer, but I'm a heck of lot better off than a lot of people. And that gives me the 'umph' to keep going," Koestner says in an HSC TV web story, "Carl and Martha."
It's the first in a series of inspirational "Life Stories," an HSC TV project focused on the strength and courage of UNM Hospitals patients.