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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
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In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
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Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Recently, Sergeant Jon Swan was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant at the Marine Base. He's a war veteran of Operation Iraqi freedom.
But he's up against his toughest battle yet, which is Cancer. The Swan family said cancer is a battle that starts in the mind.
June 16th is a day that he'll never forget. "I developed pneumonia, fractured T-9 vertebrae, and I had two tumors. I asked what do we know about the tumors? He said 'it's cancer,'" said U.S.M.C. Jon Swan.
It took a while for him to accept that it was cancer. "It didn't really hit me right off the bat. It was kind of like "How does a guy get sick at my age?" said Swan.
Doctors have categorized his cancer as "thymine" and ordered him to undergo aggressive chemo treatments. "I was basically doing about 6 hours' worth of chemo a day for 5 days," he said.
Sergeant Swan fought in the war in Iraq, but this battle is totally different. "It's more of a one- on-one fight. But I do have my wife here helping me, and she's been great," said Swan.
"I kind of play off his emotions. I have to be strong and positive," said wife Shelly Swan. Part of being positive is how he deals with the condition mentally.
"Once I accepted the fact that I'm not in control. All I can do is fight for her. It just makes it a lot easier to deal with," said Jon Swan.
"So much of it is a mental battle. I believe if you can win mentally your body will respond," said Shelly Swan.
Responding to life's unexpected situations is something their adjusting to. "My husband could die, it's a real possibility. But I have to be that strong rock he needs," she said.
"It's a struggle, but we just recently got good news and we're moving forward. Holding on, moving forward, with a new rank and attitude.
The good news is that in two weeks, he'll have surgery to remove the tumors. The Swan family wanted to thank the MCLB and Heritage Bank for all their support.