Lufkin man goes from fighting cancer to helping other fight

Lufkin man goes from fighting cancer to helping other fight
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For Randy Baker, some days stand out more an others. April 28, 2008 is one of those.

It is not the day he witnessed the birth of a child or met his bride at the alter. It was the day he was told he had cancer.

"My family doctor and I watched my PSA levels rise for about 18 months," Baker said. " He said, 'You might want to get this checked.' I went to my urologist and after a biopsy and test it came back positive for prostate cancer."

Baker always considered himself a healthy man but he said deep down inside the thought of getting cancer was always there.

"I lost both parents to cancer so I assumed I would have cancer of some sort," Baker said.

Baker would go to Houston to have surgery and has been cancer free ever since.

"The good thing about prostate cancer is that 99 percent of people diagnosed will live for at least 5 years," Radiologist Sid Roberts said. "We are able to detect it early on and in some cases we wont have to operate on the prostate."

When Baker learned of the cancer, his mind was on other things.

"At 5 o'clock my wife came out crying and said, 'What are you going to do?' I said baby it is Thursday night I got to go make popcorn," Baker said.

Baker is a long-time member of the Host Lions Club. His diagnosis came up on the first night of the annual fundraising event.

Through all of his experience with the cancer, Baker never felt bad and said it was not hard at all.

"I know there are a lot of people that struggle more than I did so because of that sometimes I feel guilty," Baker said.

After winning his fight with cancer, Baker would start helping the American Cancer Society and would get involved.

"There is just so much support and I never knew that until I got involved in that and saw people I knew getting help," Baker said. "It's not just for those that can't afford to make payments. It's everybody."

Now Baker serves as the chairman of the Lucky Shot Clay Shoot competition.

Roberts believes people standing up and helping others after their own fight gives hope.

"When it happens to someone you know or love then it becomes more personal and you think about it more and if it could happen to my friend then it could happen to me," Roberts said.

Baker has done just that.

"I convinced myself that the good lord left me here on this earth to be a messenger to other people my age and younger that if they are not doing an annual physical they just simply are rolling the dice," Baker said.

The The second annual Clay Shoot will be held on Saturday, June 4th at the Pines Gun Club.  Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the Clay Shoot begins at 9.  Each participant received 100 rounds of ammunition, a complimentary lunch, drinks, and entertainment.  Prizes will also be awarded to the top finishers.

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