Nurses watch cancer survivor re-enlist in Navy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A member of the U.S. Navy who survived cancer has signed up for four more years, taking an oath at a Grand Rapids hospital where he was treated for months.

John Dusseau, a petty officer 1st class, says nurses at Spectrum Health Butterworth motivated him with smiles and kind words. That's why he invited them to watch his re-enlistment oath Friday. He cried and said they were "tears of joy."

Dusseau is a career Navy man who transferred to Holland, west of Grand Rapids, in 2011 to work in recruiting. He was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer and told he wouldn't survive more than a few years.

The Grand Rapids Press ( ) says Dusseau now has beaten cancer and is cleared for four more years of active duty.

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