Former WFLA-Ch. 8 weatherman David Grant offers brave, emotional video about his cancer fight
Former WFLA-Ch. 8 health reporter Irene Maher wrote an amazing story for Sunday's newspaper detailing the decision by a former colleague -- David Grant, WFLA's onetime chief meteorologist -- to stop chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer.
It's the kind of decision you don't hear much about, especially involving such a public personality. But Grant, who was always an affable and energetic presence on local TV, delivers his decision with that same good natured charm in a video which was sent to friends and family.
Maher describes visiting Grant with another WFLA alum, ex-forecaster Laura York, and being amazed at how much Grant and his wife Beverly still thought of others while describing the toughest decision any couple might face. Grant was at WFLA for 23 years, retiring in 1999 just as social media and the recession were redefining local media for everyone.
Maher wrote: "Three-quarters of patients die within a year of diagnosis; some last just weeks. Grant feels lucky to have had time to get his affairs in order and plan his funeral.
"We faced it, we talked about it, and we're prepared for it," said Beverly. "Maybe not every marriage can handle it this way, but this was the best way for us."
They hope their example might help others make end-of-life decisions early, before grief overwhelms. They also hope to publicize the need for better detection and treatment for a disease that for unknown reasons is on the rise, according to the national Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "
Those hoping to contact the Grants can send letters to P.O. Box 271084, Tampa, FL 33688.
The video they made is below.