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Paramedic with cancer finds co-workers who are making a difference

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In Tony DeLong's home in Deatsville he is surrounded by his wife and two fellow co-workers from Care Ambulance.

DeLong says he's having a good day today in his fight against cancer.

"I basically have skin cancer," said DeLong.

But there are days when life isn't going so well.

"I pushed it a little too hard Sunday and slept all day yesterday," DeLong said.

That's where DeLong's wife steps in, along with co-workers Genus Rhye and Jacque Yates.

"This kind of waylayed him," said Joy DeLong.

"We really are one big family," added Rhye.

Rhye and Yates are Care Ambulance employees and both are putting on a pancake breakfast fundraiser for DeLong, a fundraiser to help the paramedic make ends meet while away from his job at Care Ambulance in Montgomery.

"This makes me feel I'm happy to help him out and pay some bills," said Yates.

As a paramedic Tony DeLong has seen the ugly and painful side of life. In a strange way he feels his cancer has made a difference in the kind of paramedic he'll be in the future; more understanding, more compassionate to the very people he is rushing to the hospital.

"It just makes it easier to understand what they're going through," said DeLong.

Still, it's people like Rhye and Yates who opened his eyes on what it means to have true friends, an illness that gave him the light of clarity.

"The biggest lesson I've learned is you trust your friends," said DeLong.

Tony DeLong has every reason to believe he will beat his cancer. In fact, Delong's doctors believe he'll be able to go back to full time job as a paramedic next month.

Until then Tony DeLong will stay at home and recover enjoying the perfect medicine from friends who care.

If you're interested in that pancake breakfast fundraiser it's set for 8 am October 12th at the American Legion Hall in Millbrook. Tickets are $7 per person.

You can contact Genus Rhye at 334-430-2470 or Jacque Yates at 334-324-4901.

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