Illinois News Anchor Reveals His Brain Cancer On Air and Says He Only Has Months to Live (Video)

Dave Benton, WCIA
Dave Benton, WCIA

*You kind of get the impression something really deep is about to go down, when a news anchor says, “We’ve got some serious stuff to discuss, and we are an open book, and we wanted to let you guys in on something that we’ve known for a while.” This is how Jennifer Roscoe set up the news for her viewers to learn about the return of her co-anchor, Dave Benton’s brain cancer. It was at the end of their nightly newscast on Thursday.

Benton, an Illinois news anchor, then stepped in make the major on-air announcement himself; revealing that his doctors had told him that he has just four to six months left to live. This heartbreaking news is the latest in what has been Benton’s yearlong  battle with brain cancer.

Benton has been with Champaign’s WCIA-3 news team for almost nine years – most of that time working alongside Roscoe. He completed radiation treatment in February, but a new tumor grew back. He shared his emotional news by saying, “Basically my cancer is back and it’s too big for surgery and radiation. Doctors have told me that I may have four to six months to live.” He also said that he’ll be trying a new antibody chemotherapy treatment to help slow the tumor’s growth. “As you know,” he said, “I’m a born-again Christian, I believe that I’m in God’s hands, I’m at peace. I know that he’s going to take care of the days ahead, and that the goal here is to have the best ones possible.”

Co-anchor Roscoe was quick to praise Benton and his “amazing attitude” and noted his ability to deflect his own suffering by acknowledging the suffering of others. “Right now, it is about you,” she told him. “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.”

Watch the video of his brave reveal below and read more of this story at Yahoo Health.

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