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Tom Campbell
P.O. Box 1212
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Many of you have been asking about Tom Campbell since he disappeared from the airwaves a few months ago.

After 16 years on the air, it seems strange for us not to see him in the newsroom or have him here with us on the set.

And while you miss watching him, we miss having him here in the newsroom.

For those of you who haven't heard the news, Tom's been out of work battling cancer.

Tom stopped by recently to check his mail and to spend an afternoon in familiar surroundings.

"It feels quite normal, very nice to be here," he said. "Obviously, a big thrill for me to come back today, sit down for a little while and see a lot of people I know."

And it was good for us, too. Good to have Tom back where he belongs.

He took the familiar walk from the newsroom down the hallway and to the studio where he spent so much of his time anchoring the news.

"I just feel energized and happy and thankful when I come here because, you know this place has been a big part of my life for 16 years and it always will be," Tom said.

For Tom, Augusta has been much more than just another stop in a 44-year career.

"This is the place I've worked the longest," he said. "This is what I consider my home and I've enjoyed it every single day -- and I'm just thankful to have the opportunity to do this."

Tom doesn't have family here -- not in the traditional sense anyway. So when his friends at News 12 found out he was sick, they volunteered to do anything he needed.

"Of course I have tremendous respect for people here at the TV station who have helped me so much," he said.

Tom quickly realized the viewers became his family, too, when he made a discovery that changed his life.

Around the end of last winter Tom noticed a pain in his back.

"And I thought I'd hurt myself bending over my cat litter box. One of those needless cat litter box related injuries," he said. "Well, it turns out it was a tumor on my back."

And that discovery led to more tumors near his bile duct.

His cancer is aggressive and so is the treatment. Tom's had 15 rounds of radiation and 10 to 12 rounds of chemotherapy.

And there's more ahead for Tom -- he's set to have more rounds of chemotherapy and another CT scan.

"I have a lot more energy now than I did and you know, I'm feeling optimistic," he said.

A challenge, to say the least. Tom draws strength from other cancer patients.

"It just makes me really proud of them and their courage rubs off on me; you know if they can do it, I can do it, too," he said.

And Tom gets strength from somewhere else, too -- your cards and your prayers.

"The viewers who have told me they're praying for me, thinking about me -- I don't know most of 'em -- and again it makes you feel real small," he said. "But it's a great feeling for me to know that somebody cares about me."

And we at News 12 absolutely do.


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  • by Candye - Give it 4ward Location: Hephzibah, Georgia on May 2, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    Hi Tom: Miss seeing your smiling face on the News. If there is anything I can do, please don't hesitate to contact me. I am praying for you daily and may God continue to keep you and bless you during these trying times. Proverbs 3:5,6
  • by Kathy on Oct 17, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    Hi Tom, You DO have Family here. All of your co-workers are family, but so are ALL of your fans, like me. You were in my living room on a daily basis and you will be again. I have missed you, my friend. This is a very serious battle, but you are a fighter and with the doctor's, treatments, our prayers and God's power to heal, you will be back on the air and in my living room again soon. God Bless and heal you, Friend.
  • by Jody J Location: Martinez, Ga on Oct 4, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    Tom, Boy are you missed ! When the story ran, I was relieved , yet brought to tears to hear that you are going thru this tough time. I hope each day brings you closer to being back in the saddle and know that your # 1 Fan misses you daily. Will continue to pray for you and awaiting to see back on News 12 VERY SOON my friend. Thanks to News 12 for doing the story, it's appreciated and newsworthy !
  • by Cynthia Hobbs Location: Thomson,Ga. on Oct 1, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go thru this difficult time.Sometimes bad things happen to good people like yourself,but remember God is in charge!
  • by Natalie Location: Augusta on Sep 30, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    Tom I wish you renewed health and much happiness. I will keep you in my prayers. You are truely missed!!!
  • by Argelis Location: Augusta on Sep 30, 2011 at 04:33 AM
    I have been watching you on the news probably for the last 15 years, I did wonder where you had gone to. God bless you and I hope you come back soon.
  • by Linda Location: North Augusta on Sep 29, 2011 at 03:48 AM
    Many prayers are with you Tom have missed you sou so much. Was wondering where you went . I am a 7 year cancer survivor. Just keep the faith and the love of your fans and WRDW family with you I under went 40 radiation and Chemotherapy it is tough but you can do it we miss and love you,and you are in our hearts and prayers Hurry back we miss laughing with you and seeing your smile ~Linda and Steve~
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      by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 at 09:52 AM in reply to Linda
      Thank you very much. I appreciate your thoughts. Tom Campbell
  • by nancy Location: Warrenton on Sep 29, 2011 at 02:27 AM
    Dearest Tom You have been missed everyday on WRDW. I just moved here from Alabama 6 years ago and started watching WRDW because of you and your professionalism. I didn't know until today why you had suddenly left us (your fans) and I am so sorry to hear the news and will pray for you every day. I lost my brother in January 2011 to cancer but he gave it a good fight for 10 years so you hang in there and you can beat this and live to dive again !! best of luck we love and miss you Warrenton Fans
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      by Nancy on Oct 1, 2011 at 09:53 AM in reply to nancy
      Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind thoughts. Tom Campbell
  • by janet Location: augusta on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    hi im sorry to hear you are sick i have cancer one fouth inch from my brain it is causing all my face bones to rot making my teeth rot out lost hearing in 1 ear they cant get all cancer only thing is make me new ear drum take my taste nerve and facial nerve and that will leave my face messed up so i stop doing kemo taking meds i out lived time doc gave me 2 years now so keep your head up heart strong you will be ok we all love you
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      by Janet on Oct 1, 2011 at 09:54 AM in reply to janet
      Thank your for your support. I too hope your battle is successful. Tom Campbell
  • by Betsy Location: Thomson on Sep 28, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    Dear Tom, I am just asking God to rain down His love and blessings on you right now. May you feel stronger as each moment passes and feel the healing taking place that only God can do. Dear Lord be with Tom each step of the way and may everyday be brighter than the day before. You said yourself Lord by your strips we are healed!! Thank you Father for hearing this prayer.
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      by Betsy on Oct 1, 2011 at 09:54 AM in reply to Betsy
      Thank you for your kind thoughts. Tom Campbell
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