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366. Defeating Osteosarcoma: Inspiring Journey of Cyclist Amputee | Kai Luan
March 20, 2024
I met Kai at the Campground in Emporia Kansas at UNBOUND Gravel 2023. We had tents beside each other. I knew I needed to have Kai on the podcast after we got talking. At a young age, he was diagnosed with a bone cancer called Osteosarcoma. His journey on the bike is pretty amazing.
Kai Luan
27-year-old Kai Luan was diagnosed with #osteosarcoma his junior year of high school, and underwent a right below-knee amputation after multiple rounds of chemotherapy.
A born athlete, Kai initially stopped pursuing athletics for several years after his amputation, until college when his friend let him try out his road bike. 
Since that day, Kai has never looked back and recently placed 1st in his category (C4) and 4th overall out of all paracyclists at the 2023 USA Cycling eSports Paracycling Nationals!
An attorney by day and a cyclist, climber and volunteer coach in his free time, Kai hopes to increase visibility for adaptive sports and encourage others to try new things.
With a custom cycling leg fit by his long-time prosthetist Tom O’Doherty at the #HangerClinic in Chicago, IL, Kai is always prepared for his races and thankful to the team for their great care.
If anyone has questions about how to get into adaptive cycling or rock climbing, he’s happy to help. A humble and determined athlete, Kai’s 2023 goal is to keep pushing himself as far as he can. KEEP GOING, KAI! #LiveEmpowered


Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that usually develops in the osteoblast cells that form bone. It happens most often in children, adolescents, and young adults. Approximately 800 new cases of osteosarcoma are reported each year in the U.S. Of these cases, about 400 are in children and teens.