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Gaston County community rallies around doctor now battling cancer

For many people, this Thanksgiving has been far from traditional. It’s no different for a Gaston County doctor -- he is spending the day in the hospital, away from his family, as he battles cancer. Dr. Jay Petruska is typically the one caring for others. This Thanksgiving, he is in the hospital getting a stem cell transplant as he fights against a rare form of leukemia. “We're all dealt a certain hand and you just play it,” said Dr. Petruska on a Zoom call before he was admitted to the hospital. And although it seemed like the deck was stacked against him when he was diagnosed with plasma cell leukemia in June, he hasn’t given up hope. He was originally given seven to 12 months to live. https://www.wcnc.com/article/features/producers-picks/gaston-county-doctor-supported-community-cancer-battle/275-afe30864-1cc2-409a-a2c7-32203d5057e3

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