Volunteer Spirit: Humor to heal

CONCORD, Tenn (WVLT) -- Doctors found a brain tumor when 17 Jeffrey Rowe had a seizure.

The straight "A" highschooler could no longer play football nor keep up his grades.

Rowe is now 39 and has four brain tumors.

He battles headaches and nausea constantly from chemo.

His 6 year old daughter Aneshka rubs her daddy's head when he does not feel well.

She says she is sad when he feels sick, and that he cannot play and be active.

But Rowe is always smiling and laughing despite being sick.

Rowe is developing t-shirts with humorous sayings on them like, "Does chemo make my butt look big?" and, "Screw Cancer."

He plans to design many styles and sell them with proceeds benefitting cancer causes.

He also has a pocket of cancer coins he hands out to cancer patients he meets, it's a sign of hope.

Rowe is and has been involved with the American Cancer Society and will be walking with his wife and daughter in the ACS "Hotter than Hell 5k" on Saturday, August 13.

He is involved with several other charities for cancer.

Doctors say he has five years, Jeffrey says fifty.

They first told him when he was a teenager he didn't have long before the disease would kill him.

He says the docs were wrong then and he's out to prove them wrong again, and have a good time while battling it.

Jeffrey says he celebrates life everyday.

You can see Jeffrey's volunteer spirit at:
The ACS's Hotter than Hell 5K
Tyson Park in Knoxville
Saturday, August 13 · 8:00am - 11:00am

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