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Dave Benton: Anchorman Battling Cancer Reveals On Air He Has Months To Live

Sat, September 13, 2014 4:34pm EDT by 29 Comments

Illinois TV anchorman Dave Benton, who is fighting brain cancer, announced live on air on September 11 that he only has months to live. Click to watch his emotional video.

This is just heartbreaking. Illinois anchorman Dave Benton, 51, shared his devastating news on live television that he only has a few months left to live. The anchorman for WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois said that he is “at peace” with his diagnosis and vowed to continue working.

Dave Benton: Anchorman Battling Cancer Announces He Has Only Months To Live

Dave had already revealed that his brain cancer was back, but made an emotional announcement about the state of his condition.

“Basically, my cancer is back and it’s too big for surgery and radiation,” he said to viewers and his co-host. “Doctors have told me that I may have four to six months to live. Now I’ve also decided to try a new treatment, it’s an antibody treatment, a chemo treatment to slow down the growth.”

Dave kept his composure throughout his brave speech. 

“The goal here is to have a few more days and make them the best that they can be in the life that I have,” he continued. “You know I am a born-again Christian. I believe I am in God’s hands. I am at peace and I know he’s going to take care of the days ahead and that the goal here is to have the best ones possible.”

His co-host noted his “amazing attitude” and “strength” about his cancer. We wholeheartedly agree. It’s empowering.

Dave thanked viewers for their support and selflessly said it’s not all about him. He also vowed to continue working as long as he could.

Our thoughts go out to Dave, his family and his friends during this difficult time.

— Avery Thompson

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