DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Blake Eilers is one of nearly 2,000 law, graduate and undergraduate students who will graduate from the University of Dayton this weekend.
This year, however, is especially important to Eilers. 2013 marks two years he has been cancer free.
The 27-year-old was diagnosed with cancer in 2004.
"The doctors found a malignant tumor in my brain," said Eilers.
Eilers, who was supposed to begin college that year, began treatment instead. Doctors used radiation and removed the tumor surgically.
"As I lay in that hospital bed after the surgery I was too weak to call the nurse for help," said Eilers. "I kind of realized then I'm not really in control of my life."
Eilers pressed onward with determination and faith. He graduated college and went onto law school.
"Walking across the stage this weekend will be another example of God's work and will," said Eilers.
Eilers said he plans to use his second chance at life to help others. Post graduation he and his wife will serve an international justice mission in Africa.
Forget the slippery roads and inches of snow on the ground, it's the perfect time to propose marriage. At least that is how Levi Minor felt Friday night.
Snowfall reports vary across the Miami Valley as the storm continues to produce heavy snow, making it hard for drivers to see in some cases.
The National Weather Service canceled the Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory just after 9:30 pm.
Sinclair Community College is closing all campus locations for the day due to the inclement weather.