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Wife Of Missing Cyclist Fears He Is In Grave Danger

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HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - A desperate search is on for Mark Bosworth, a 54-year-old Oregon bicyclist and cancer survivor who has been missing for nearly three weeks. His wife is making a desperate plea for help, amid fears that he may have suffered a relapse and could be disoriented and in immediate need of medical assistance.

"It is very, very critical to get medical attention for him as soon as possible," Bosworth's wife, Julie, told The Huffington Post.

Bosworth is a two-time cancer survivor who has been treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since 2008 and, after a period of remission, a central nervous system relapse. In April 2010, he had a bone marrow transplant and the cancer appeared to go into remission again.

As a volunteer with Cycle Oregon, Bosworth was accompanying about 2,300 riders on a week-long tour of the southern Oregon countryside when he disappeared on Sept. 16.

According to Lt. Chris Merrifield of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, friends last saw Bosworth at about 11:15 p.m. that day when they were camping in Riddle, Ore.

"They were using the Riddle High School grounds," Merrifield told The Huffington Post. "It is kind of a confined area. They had tents, shower and bathroom facilities set up in different areas. The last [confirmed sighting] that we know of he spoke with friends and headed back to the area where his tent was."

Bosworth's coat, wallet, license and credit cards were found inside his tent. The only item missing is his iPhone 4, which police say they have been unable to track because it is powered off.

Merrifield said his department, along with local search and rescue teams, conducted multiple searches of the area and have yet to find any sign of Bosworth. "In essence, he disappeared into thin air," the veteran law enforcement officer said.

There may, however, be an explanation for Bosworth's sudden disappearance.

"The doctors suspect the lymphoma has returned either in his brain or within the covering of his brain," Julie Bosworth said.

In the weeks leading up to the Cycle Oregon event, family members noticed Bosworth had been acting strangely -- something in hindsight they think may include possible symptoms.

"He started complaining of headaches and seemed to be repeating himself a lot," Bosworth's wife said. "He kept saying the headaches were caused by a pulled muscle in his neck but I was concerned enough that I made an appointment with his doctor. My husband loves the outdoors and is an avid bicycler, so he was insistent that he go to Cycle Oregon. The appointments were not until a week after the event." >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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