Illinois Anchorman Emotionally Tells Viewers He Only Has Months to Live (VIDEO)

Illinois Anchorman Dave Benton Tells Viewers He Only Has Months to Live
Dave Benton
Courtesy of WCIA-TV

09/13/2014 AT 02:25 PM EDT

A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois has told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can.

During a newscast Thursday, Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently told him that his brain tumor is too large for surgery or radiation.

He says he'll try a new treatment to slow the tumor's growth, but that his goal is to add "a few more days and make them the best they can be."

Benton, 51, has a wife and two adult children. He grew up in Addison, a Chicago suburb, and graduated from Northern Illinois University.

The anchor also told viewers he is a born-again Christian, which has helped him face his diagnosis with less fear.

"I believe that I am in God's hands. I'm at peace and I know that he's going to take care of the days ahead," he said. "The goal here is to have the best ones possible."

Benton, who said he will celebrate his nine-year anniversary at the news station in about three weeks, also took a moment to acknowledge other people facing a similar struggle.

"The viewers have so supported me through this," said Benton, who publicly shared his previous cancer struggles. "They too deserve that support – because it's not just really only about me."

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