“We moved from Miami to Semmes and now live on a dirt road. I am a retired preacher and our son is a pastor in Mobile. He goes to Cambodia to work with orphans. He raises money for charitable organizations. If you are a kid on the street, you are going to be pulled into the slave trade. The organization gets a lot of kids off the street. I am proud of my boys.
12 months ago they told me I had two months to live. I shouldn’t be here. I am on a second chance and it is liberating and you care less about what anyone thinks. On a routine surgery, they discovered I have a malignant lesion. They told me it was Stage 4 and my chance of survival was 10 percent. I remembered the line from Dumb and Dumber and said, “You mean I have a chance?” He said with an attitude like that I would be a part of 10 percent. It was not a surprise when my lungs cleared up and the tumor shrank. The doctor said every time I came in I set a record.”