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TV anchor Dave Benton tells viewers he has only months to live

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) β€” 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 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.”

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

Benton’s online biography says he has worked at the station for nine years.


  • faith smallwood

    this story was so heart breaking, I immediately started praying for him then reached out and placed him on the prayer list. Will continue to keep him and his family in prayer. Respectfully Faith Smallwood

  • Sheryl

    There is a time to be born and a time to die. However, not every sickness is unto death. Lord if it’s not your time for Dave Benton to leave this earth then by faith I pray, and I decree he receives the healing in his brain that you provided for him on the cross; cancer will have to submit to the name of Jesus and the power of His Blood. God’s will be done. May God Most High’s strength, comfort, and peace be with Dave and his family daily. Thank you Lord for hearing and answering. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Tim

    Come to New York! We have some of the nation’s best brain cancer doctors here. Someone we know was given the same diagnosis back in February by his first doctors, who also said his brain cancer was inoperable. He went to doctors at NYU, had successful surgery and he is now in remission, he’s back to work, and is living his normal life. God Bless.

    • Debbie

      What doctor and hospital did he go to. My husband is fighting the same tumor. I’m looking for help for my sweet husband. He has recently finished chemo and radiation. I’m not ready to give up on him. Please email me any info.

  • Matthew My Son

    What man has given over God hasn’t let’s hear what the bigger doctor(God) hhave to say, in the name of Jesus we rebuke all tumors to be remove, just cover him there Lord an let your will be done in God we trust!

  • Theresa

    Heavenly father I pray for Dave Benton that you heal him from Cancer. Lord you are a mircle worker and you and only you can heal him. This is not over until you say. In your precious son’s name JESUS I pray for healing. Amen

  • Barb Fuqua

    I called the station a couple of months ago asking about Dave and was told he’d be on soon. I knew something was wrong. Of course I didn’t realize it was so serious. We will pray for you, Dave.
    You are in God’s hands now. God bless you!

  • N NYC

    May God heal you. I will keep you in my prayers inshallah. This is so sad at the same time admire your courage and awesome attitude. Rabi ychafik inshallah.

  • Marcia

    Dave, I trust that you have exhausted all opportunities for other opinions. The most important thing is that you are a Christian and though this temporary life will end for all of us, we know there is a greater eternal life awaiting us. Good luck with your experimental treatment and may it give you years to live – not just months.

  • MHdez

    Dear God,
    I thank you for the stregth and faith that you have given your son Dave. He is an example to all of us, and I wish you will have him by your hand through this difficult journey.

    Thank you Lord. Amen.

  • Vanessa

    Aww πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ˜žπŸ˜žπŸ˜”this is so sad my hear my heart hurts for him I hope he lives the rest of his life around loved ones and doing everything he loves .


    I am praying total healing in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! What a testimony either way of Gods love and faithfulness, but you are on the front lines and a miracle from the King of a Kings will be a life changing event for mostly Dave, but also many of his viewers! Thank you Lord for complete healing!

  • Wilfredo Negron

    I hope he can get a hold of the information available in The Mucusless Diet Healing System< which saved the life of my then 28 year old friend from leuchemia, back in 1982. My prayers are with him and his family. God Bless!

  • Shirley

    You are going to have millions praying for your complete healing. Our God is an awesome one and He is the one in control . He also answers prayers too. I will add you to my prayer list and I have not idea who you are, where you live but found out you have a wife a a couple kids. They need you and GOD just might heal you for them to have until a later date when we all will have to leave this World Praise God and Amen for this brave young Husband, Dad , Son, Brother and friend to many~~~~

  • Angela

    There is a priest in Duitama Colombia, its name is Father Jairo, with an special gift for this disease. I personally know of two cases (brain cancer and bladder cancer) of people with a really bad diagnosis from doctors. They went to the priest for pray and they were cured. Father Jairo father served at a place called Casa de Jesus Deliverer, is at Carrera 16 calle 13, diagonal Oicata otel, Duitama- BoyacΓ‘ Colombia.

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