Hannibal, MO (WGEM) — Health officials at the James E. Cary Cancer Center in Hannibal helped celebrate a WWII veteran’s 99th birthday on Thursday.
William Mallory was in for his second round of cancer treatment and since it was his birthday, health officials at the center decided to make it extra special. The planned the celebration and served cake. Mallory served as a B24 tail gunner in WWII for 29 months. He joined the service when he was 23 years old. He was then a teacher for 41 years. He said staying optimistic will help him fight his cancer.
“You’ve gotta have a positive outlook,” said Mallory. “If you’re always on the negative side, it’s going to go with you. If you’re on the positive side, you’ll get a long a lot better being positive than you would be being negative all the time.”
Health officials said his attitude is inspirational and that staying positive is important during any cancer treatment.
“Get up every morning, feel good, stretch, and say, ‘boy today is going to be the best day of my life,'” said Mallory. Everyday is a new day, don’t back down, just go have a good time.”