TV Anchorman Says He Has Months To Live
A central Illinois TV news anchorman fighting brain cancer 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 Thursday, Dave Benton 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.''
"As you know, I'm a born-again Christian", said Benton. "I believe that I'm in God's hands. I am at peace, and I know that He's going to take care of the days ahead. And the goal here is to have the best ones possible."
Benton has a wife and two adult children. He grew up in Addison, a Chicago suburb, and graduated from Northern Illinois University. He came to WCIA-TV nine years ago, and also appears in newscasts for its Springfield sister station, WCIX.