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Sailor who survived deadly cancer re-enlists in Navy

Navy Chief Petty Officer David Johnson, left, leads Petty Officer 1st Class John Dusseau in a re-enlistment ceremony Friday, April 12, 2013, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he received treatment for cancer.

CORY MORSE, THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS/AP

By THE GRAND RAPIDS (MICH.) PRESS/AP Published: April 13, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A member of the U.S. Navy who survived cancer has signed up for four more years, taking an oath at a Grand Rapids hospital where he was treated for months.

John Dusseau, a petty officer first class, says nurses at Spectrum Health Butterworth motivated him with smiles and kind words. That's why he invited them to watch his re-enlistment oath Friday. He cried and said they were "tears of joy."

Dusseau is a career Navy man who transferred to Holland, west of Grand Rapids, in 2011 to work in recruiting. He was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer and told he wouldn't survive more than a few years.

The Grand Rapids Press says Dusseau now has beaten cancer and is cleared for four more years of active duty.

Petty Officer 1st Class John Dusseau, who has overcome a rare bone cancer, receives a hug from RN Jacquelyn Northup after taking part in a re-enlistment ceremony at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday, April 12, 2013.
CORY MORSE, THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS/AP

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