4-time Iditarod Champion Susan Butcher Dies
4-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Susan Butcher, 51, has died. Butcher was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2005. She was in remission when she had a bone marrow transplant on May 16, 2006. A week ago, a bone marrow biopsy revealed that the leukemia had returned.
During her chemo treatments, Butcher daydreamed about land in the White Mountains she and her husband bought last fall. They planned to build a bigger cabin on the land that comes with 300 miles of groomed trails - perfect for mushing dogs - right out the back door.