- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

WILMINTON, Vt. (AP) - A firefighter for the small Vermont town of Wilmington for more than 43 years is now fighting a rare form of cancer.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (bit.ly/1Rv0adc) that 65-year-old Jacob “Jake” White is being treated for neuroendocrine cancer, which began as a tumor in his lung and spread to other parts of his body.

It’s a form of cancer that’s often misdiagnosed, and that was true in White’s case as well. After seeking treatment in 2014 for a persistent cough, White says he was treated for allergies for a year before more tests detected the cancer.

White said during his latest prognosis, he was given anywhere from three months to 10 years to live.

He’s still active in the Wilmington Fire Department, but no longer goes into burning buildings.

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