Tony F. Powell is the author of a new book based on his 30 years as Bush Pilot, guide and prospector in Labrador, Canada. Tony's hobby is Snowmobile Racing on his Bombardier ski-doo since 1969. Personal ship wrecks and more including History of Labrador and Voisey's Bay Giant Nickel discovery.
Tony Powell was a winner long before he arrived with his snowmobile for the recent Race on the Rock at Marble Mountain ski resort.
The Charlottetown, Labrador man has been in the fight of his life since being disonsed with cancer in January of 2004.
At the time, he was told he might only have six months to live and doctors bluntly informed him only 30% of those diagnosed with his type of cancer survive. That News worsened two weeks later when doctors told him the cancer was farther advanced than originally thought.
Powell underwent surgery and had a grapefruit-sized tumor removed from his throat and 34 lymph nodes taken out. He hasn't been able to eat solid foods since.
Still undergoing radiation treatment at the Health Science Centre, he took his wife and son to Marble Mountain in 2004, even if it was just to watch the sport he loves from a window in the lodge.
Still fighting for his life, Powell returned for the 2005 version of the Uphill Drags component. This time, however his Ski-Doo Mach Z was in the back of his pick up truck and, although his 208-pound frame had been reduced to a frailer 140 pounds, he was going to compete. And compete he did, winning the Pro-Stock catagory, nearly sapped the little energy he had, Powell's real dream was still to be crowned King of the Hill in the open catagory of the up-hill drag races against 400 of the sport's best from all over Canada and the Northeastern USA... more.
Watching cancer survivor win race was better than winning lottery, his wife says. Full story is in book.
Tony F. Powell Charlottetown, Labrador Author
Some of Tony's newspaper articles have been published in over 80 countries around the world http://labradorsalmon.com/book