Mickey Grossman in 2007.
Mickey Grossman, 64, embarked on an Amazon trek over three months ago with the purpose of raising awareness for the destruction of rainforests, whose plants have yielded a variety of medications, including the cancer drugs that saved his own life a few years ago.
Grossman, a former IDF paratrooper, fought under Ariel Sharon in the Yom Kippur War. He moved to the United States with his wife and four children two decades ago, setting up a homestead in Orlando, Florida. The former police detective then became a businessman and an Amazon tour guide.
Grossman, who was accompanied by six porters, was supposed to cover an unprecedented course of 5,000 miles stretching between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. According to his son, Shahar Grossman, they have managed to trudge 1,200 miles so far.
The group has recently reached the Yasuni National Park, which does not allow Westerners to enter.
"This is the Indians' area, and they do not like foreigners," Shahar said.
'I won't go like a sheep'