Cancer patient says "I do"

March 20, 2009 3:32:44 PM PDT
A medical treatment center was the scene of some very tender and inspirational moments on Friday.It was the day 56-year-old David Williams and 44-year-old Pamela Doodan have dreamed of... the day they would marry.

But last fall, David worried it wouldn't happen when his doctor diagnosed him with cancer.

"I asked him 'What type?' He said 'Lung cancer, both lungs.' I said 'What's my chances?' He said 'Not real good.' And I like, buckled down and hit the floor," Williams said.

Doctors near his Dauphin County home in central Pennsylvania said they couldn't effectively treat him.

The typically lively little league and high school baseball coach told his sweetheart he felt deflated and defeated.

"I wouldn't let him give up. He never gave up. I said 'You've been a baseball coach all your life. You never played a game to lose. This is one game you can't afford to give up one run,'" Doodan said. "He hasn't yet."

So David found viable treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Juniata Park. So far he's thrived beyond initial expectations and on Friday exchanged nuptials with his sweetheart in the very place where he's being treated, in view of those who are treating him.

David and Pamela have been married before. Both have children & grandchildren. They're grateful to have now found each other.

"His personality, sense of humor, never say die attitude. A love of life that's unsurpassed by anybody," Doodan said about her new husband.

"I know people who've made it. So, I try to be positive as much as I can and still be the same clown every day," said Williams.

David is undergoing chemotherapy and will start radiation treatment after the baseball season.

For now he and his new bride will toast and be thankful for each day.

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