An Illinois news anchor has instantly gained thousands of new supporters after making a brave and emotional announcement on the air.
WCIA-TV reporter Dave Benton shared with viewers Thursday that his brain cancer has returned and the prognosis is uncertain.
"My cancer is back and it's too big for surgery and radiation," he said. "Doctors have told me I may only have four to six months to live."
Although the well-regarded reporter has decided to try a new treatment to slow down the cancer's growth, Benton is now focused on savoring the final months of his life.
"The goal is to have a few more days and make them the best that they can be in the life that I have," he explained.
The self-proclaimed born-again Christian, who remains devoted to his faith, has a wife and two adult children. And despite a frightening few months ahead, Benton is confident about his future.
"I believe that I am in God's hands," he shared with the audience. "I'm at peace and I know that he's going to take care of the days ahead."
Benton is expected to celebrate his nine-year anniversary with the station in about three weeks. Until then, he's remaining grateful for the support from viewers and strangers alike.
"So many tweets with such great support and inspiration," he shared online. "Thanks."