SPOKANE, Wash - A Spokane firefighter, diagnosed with terminal cancer in January 2010, is losing his battle.
John Knighten outlived his doctors' estimates and even returned to work, but now his cancer is back. After three bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and countless days at Seattle hospitals, John's doctors told him there's nothing else they can do.
John Knighten returned to his Mead home Saturday to spend the precious days he has left with his family. Year after year, Knighten's shown he's a fighter. He'd been diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
It's a rare, terminal cancer that affects blood plasma. Doctors gave him months to live.
"Kind of emphasizing, your time's that limited," John said of his recent diagnosis.
His firefighter brothers and family started websites, and raised $64,000.
"It really helped us a lot. I may not have been cured, but I got an extra three years," he said.
John's treatments were covered and he even returned to work at one point but now, his work is finished.
"We knew it was a Hail Mary going into it, and I never was the best football player, haha," he joked about the treatment.
John was told he has weeks to live, and spend with his girls aged 6,11, and 12. Weeks to make memories and moments to cherish. It's why friends family and strangers wanted to give him one to remember together. He was escorted by firefighters delivered in his old station 4 engine.
"Pretty emotional, and I'm not, I've been trained my whole life not to show it. Kind of failing now," Knighten said.
"Watching him climb in there for the last time and being brought home, it was a huge honor to him," John's wife Shawna said.
For this fighter it's now time to rest, time to love, with the time he has left.
"I thank God every day that it's me not one of my kids or my wife. I can take anything," Knighten said.
Shawna says in the three years John's fought cancer, they've also been the most amazing. They've traveled together and grown as close as a family can get. They also wanted to thank the entire community for giving them that opportunity through donations.
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