North Carolina sheriff's deputy has dramatic surgery to remove rare cancer

November 07, 2018 09:36 PM

(WXII) "You have cancer."

They're words Randy Jenkins said he never thought he'd hear. After losing his father to cancer two years before his own diagnosis, Jenkins said his world turned upside again.

Five years later, the North Carolina sheriff's deputy said he's living proof that there's life after diagnosis.

"There's always hope. There's always hope," Jenkins said.

Jenkins served in the Coast Guard for 27 years. After retiring at 45 years old, he joined the Haywood County Sheriff's Office as a patrol deputy, continuing his mission not serve. Now, he works as the department K9 handler with his partner, Lenny, who is a narcotics K9.

Lenny came into Jenkins' life at a pivotal moment. Jenkins had just completed his first of two major surgeries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center following a diagnosis of a malignant pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. He had his pancreas removed, as well as his spleen and an adrenal gland. He is an insulin-dependent diabetic but doesn't let that slow him down in life or in his duties as a deputy.

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