COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An Air Force veteran who should have been celebrating a very important and special weekend spent it in the hospital.
Daniel Chapman has Ewing’s Sarcoma, a bone and tissue cancer that has spread to his lungs, and is now in stage four.
“You pray, and you pray, you get on your knees and, and you pray and try to pray it away.” said Daniel’s mother Debbie Chapman.
She held back tears because she knows her son does not want her to feel bad for him.
“We worked really to be his rock, but it seems he’s more of our rock than anything,” said Debbie.
On May 24 he went to the hospital with pneumonia and did go home on this Memorial Day.
It was that trip to the hospital that forced him to miss a more desirable trip.
“Over this long weekend they were supposed to go, on Sunday, they were supposed to go on their honeymoon finally,” said Debbie. “Got married May 9 and then hadn’t been able to get a chance to go anywhere together.”
This veteran does not let this diagnosis define his life, and his younger brother call it his “superhero trait.”
So whether it’s white water rafting, skydiving, or working odd jobs around his home, he always has this smile on his face and is ready for the next challenge.
“From the parents standpoint he’s pretty amazing,” said Debbie.
Daniel was able to go back home to rest. His family told NBC4 they plan to spend the rest of the day by his side.