News anchor with terminal brain cancer, to continue working

A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois has told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can.

During a newscast on last Thursday, Dave Benton, 51, told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently told him that his brain tumor is too large for surgery or radiation.

He says he’ll try a new treatment to slow the tumor’s growth, but that his goal is to add “a few more days and make them the best they can be.”

What was most stunning about Benton’s announcement was his resolve as he told it. He sounded rather upbeat and spoke of living the rest of his life to the fullest.

Benton said, “I believe that I’m 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.”

“I want to know that there will be a moment where I will stop a moment and say ‘I hope I did good work to our viewers, I served them, I did things well’ and I want to make sure I take an opportunity to make sure that happens.”

Co-anchor Jennifer Roscoe trembled as she held back tears while talking about Benton’s “amazing attitude.” She said everyone could feel his strength.

“Right now, it is about you,” Roscoe replied, again holding back tears. “I’ve had you sitting next to me for nine years, and I’m going to hold on to every single day that I can.”

Benton has a wife and two adult children. He grew up in Addison, a Chicago suburb, and graduated from Northern Illinois University.

Source Credits: HUFF POST Media, Media Ite & AOL

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