David Salyer was devastated when his then-9-year-old son Shane, now 10, was diagnosed with anaplastic large-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in September. • "It crushed me," said Salyer. "I'm the person that keeps it all together." • Salyer now drives his son 70 miles round-trip from Dade City to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa at least once a week for checkups, scans, blood work or chemotherapy. As a supervisor at Zephyrhills Water, Salyer has been able to arrange his work schedule around Shane's hospital visits. They go to Shane's favorite restaurant before treatments. "It might be his last good meal," Salyer said. "You never know what's going to happen." • The prognosis for the fourth-grader is good. He is scheduled to finish chemotherapy in September. Until then, Salyer will try to make Shane's treatment pass as painlessly and quickly as possible. • "The word love isn't just an emotion. It's something you do," Salyer said. "That's what it means for our family. It's the commitment. It's not just the feeling."
Father offers his unwavering love, support as son fights cancer
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