How News Anchor’s Difficult On-Air Cancer Revelation Could Help Others

Posted: September 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

When Illinois news anchor Dave Benton made a major on-air announcement recently, it was reportage at its most personal: Benton, 51, revealed that his doctors had told him that he has just four to six months left to live — the latest, most heartbreaking chapter in what has been an ongoing report about his yearlong battle with brain cancer. Benton, who has been with Champaign’s WCIA-3 news team for almost nine years, completed radiation treatment in February, but a new tumor grew back.  “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,” Benton’s co-anchor Jennifer Roscoe told viewers at the end of their nightly newscast on Thursday. Related: Layoff Letter to Woman With Cancer Causes Outcry “Basically my cancer is back and it’s too big for surgery and radiation,” Benton said, his voice shaky in an attempt to contain his emotion. “Doctors have told me that I may have four to six months to live.” He added that he’ll be trying a new antibody chemotherapy treatment to help slow the tumor’s growth.


Media can provide a powerful platform for modeling course in the face of adversity.  Dave Benton and other like him help people overcome the stigma of illness and encourage a sense of empowerment rather than give in to victimhood.  Positive emotions can play a significant part in the recovery and the trajectory of illness and, in cases like these, who is to say that Benton is destined to the course doctors predict given the amount of positive energy, love and prayers coming his way.


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