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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Parking lot attendant gives cancer patients hope

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - People come to Presbyterian Hospital's Cancer Center oftentimes, to hear the worst news of their lives. While the doctors and nurses there also work remarkable miracles in the way of healing, it's just not a place many people like to visit.

But for every single visitor that drives into the cancer center parking lot, a smile is waiting. A salute is waiting. A little ray of hope named Dale King, is waiting.

"It can be depressing to come to the cancer center, but you get in the car and come down the 77 and pull into the parking lot, and there's Dale," Maryann Szymanski said.

Szymanski just finished treatments for endometrial cancer. She was a regular to the cancer center. She just fell head over heals for the man she now calls, an angel.

"He's just awesome, he's a wonderful man."

Dale knows just about every patient in the center. He salutes them all as they drive in because he says, they're his heroes.

Recently, he started asking for photos of patients. He only keeps the photo a few days before turning it into a chalk pencil rendering that is in turn, given back to the patient as a gift. "I just come to show them some love, they make me want to come to work," said Dale.

From the hugs he gives, to the smiles he hands out, to the lives he touches before a doctor ever does, Dale King is the reason many visitors say the cancer center isn't unbearable after all.

"You just don't meet many people like that."

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