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Woman encourages others to quit smoking after losing dad, several family members to lung cancer – KXXV News Channel 25

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There’s nothing like the bond between a father and his daughter.

“He was my world,” said Debbie Gilmore. “He was a police officer, and he basically just did everything for me and with me.”

“So he’s gone a lot and he worked a lot of hard hours, but he always took time to be with me, like at 11 o’clock at night when I came, or 10 o’clock when The Tonight Show was on, and I’d come down and say, ‘Dad, I really needed to talk,'” she recalled. “And we didn’t have pause, so I w…….

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There’s nothing like the bond between a father and his daughter.

“He was my world,” said Debbie Gilmore. “He was a police officer, and he basically just did everything for me and with me.”

“So he’s gone a lot and he worked a lot of hard hours, but he always took time to be with me, like at 11 o’clock at night when I came, or 10 o’clock when The Tonight Show was on, and I’d come down and say, ‘Dad, I really needed to talk,'” she recalled. “And we didn’t have pause, so I would be talking to him during the show and then, you know. So that was the type of father he was, very hands-on.”

“He called me in December and he says, ‘Hey, Debbie.’ He says, ‘Guess what? I’m losing all kinds of weight and it’s great and my pants are falling down,'” she remembered. “And he worked out, he exercised and did a lot of stuff like that. And he called me and told me this, when I said, ‘Dad.’ I said, ‘That doesn’t sound right.’ I said, ‘Have you been to the doctor?’ And he’s like, no. He says, ‘This is great. I don’t want it to stop.’ Well, then a couple of weeks later, he called me back and he says, ‘Deb, they found that I have a tumor on my lung.’ And I said, ‘What’s going on?’ And he says, ‘I don’t know, I’m going to go in and check.’”

Debbie’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer. On April 3, 2001, three months after receiving the diagnosis, he passed away.

Debbie Gilmore

“The end of March he called and he says, ‘You know, I think it’s time that you start coming home,”” Debbie said. “And so I got on a plane, and I called him when I reached Chicago, because you can’t go directly to Kansas City. So I called him when I got to Chicago and I said, ‘Hey, Dad. I’m almost home’. And he says, ‘Oh good, Debbie.’ He says, ‘I really am looking forward to seeing you.’ They had taken him back to the hospital. And so we got into the hospital and that night when I got in, I went in and he didn’t recognize me. So I was glad I got that last little talk.”

“We see a lot of lung cancer here in Waco,” said Dr. Matt Pattillo, a pulmonologist with Ascension Providence. “Most lung cancer that we see is smoking-related. I would say roughly, probably 80% of the cases that we see are smoking-related.”

“The reason lung cancer is the most deadly cancer is that you don’t really have symptoms until it’s pretty far progressed,” he continued.

Debbie’s father is not her only family member to suffer from cancer. Both of her grandfathers, her grandmother and her cousin contracted either lung or throat cancer. They were all smokers.

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