Lance Mackey's hidden facts you must know

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Lance Mackey- four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner died at the age of 52 on Wednesday from cancer, his father announced

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Lance Mackey is the son of 1978 Iditarod champion Dick Mackey and brother of 1983 champion Rick Mackey

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Lance Mackey overcame throat cancer in 2001 to win an unprecedented four straight Iditarod championships, from 2007 through 2010

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During his Iditarod run, Lance Mackey won twice the 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometer) Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race between Canada and Alaska with only two weeks' rest between races

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However, after back-to-back wins, Lance was beset by personal problems, health scares and drug issues that prevented him from ever again reaching the top of the sport

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The treatment for his throat cancer cost him his saliva glands and ultimately disintegrated his teeth

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He was then diagnosed with Raynaud’s syndrome, which limits circulation to the hands and feet and is exacerbated by the cold weather that every musher must contend with in the wilds of Alaska

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In the 2015 race, Lance couldn’t manipulate his fingers to do simple tasks, like putting booties on his dogs’ paws to protect them from the snow, ice and cold