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James Oliver

A diagnosis of testicular cancer in January 2007 did not squelch the determination and sense of humor that James Oliver has maintained throughout his life, says his wife, Joyce. "He kept everyone going and he kept the staff at Tunnell Cancer Center laughing. He's the center comedian."

Jim says it's all in the attitude. "There's always someone worse off than you. And Joyce, she was with me the whole time, every day."

"We do things he enjoys," Joyce says, noting the trips to watch their grandson play baseball and the vacations to Las Vegas to go to the pool, to enjoy the scenery, to get a good meal, and to play the slots. And we can't forget the dogs—while Jim was ill, their dogs had puppies, and they've had six dogs in the house.

"We've had a lot of people praying for us," Joyce says.

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