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Delmar Family Beating The Odds After Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

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DELMAR, Md. - Inoperable, stage four pancreatic cancer. The prescribed course of treatment, radiation and chemotherapy.

For Chris Gibson and his wife Sheri, everyday is a new battle.
     
"I feel like I have a cold, like I have a really bad fever," said Chris Gibson.

"Now that it's starting to spread a little bit, it's making it a little bit more difficult to control the pain," said Sheri Gibson.

Chris was diagnosed last April and at first, doctors told him he had three months to live. So he made a bucket list and set out across the country.  Between hospital visits -- he made his way to Florida for what turned out was Spring Break.

Then, Sheri says, they were able to go to Las Vegas, to see Sema, an automobile show due to Chris' love for mini trucks.

Nineteen months later, Chris is still beating the odds, calling his friends and family the reason for keeping him "going through all of this."

"He's my hero," Sheri told WMDT, tears dropping from her eyes. "Because everything that he goes through, day-in and day-out, the suffering, the pain, and you just sit there and there's not a whole lot you can do."

During the interview, WMDT asked Chris his biggest worry. He turned to his wife and said, "For as cheesy as this sounds, you make it easier for me to fight."

Chris says he receives some of his chemo treatment at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. According to Dr. John Mansueti, a radiation oncologist at the hospital, most of the cases he deals with are of patients that are 60-70 years old, though he says he see patients in their thirties, just like Chris.

WMDT asked Dr. Mansueti about early screening and prevention.  He told us that, "There's really no good screening protocols out there, say for like lung cancer, you could do a very high resolution spiral CT and screen for lung cancer. There's really not a good test to look for pancreatic cancer."

Chris and Sheri say they want to continue to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network to find cures and better detection

In coordination with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, they are hosting a fundraiser in two weeks, called "Chris Gibson's Cancer Sucks Cruise-in," sponsored by East Coast Minis. The event is on November 23rd from 10AM to 5PM at Bullfeathers Autosound Inc. at 38481 Sussex Highway in Delmar, Del.

Chris and Sheri are asking for a $10 donation per entry, with 70 percent of proceeds going towards PanCan. For more details you can contact Jeff Wootten at 302-519-3318 or Cliff Somers at 443-944-4667.

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