SPOKANE, Wash.--KREM 2 News continues the Project Inspire series with the story of a Spokane area man who has been diagnosed with cancer six times.
His family said he is inspiring them every step of the way. Charlie Owen Powell said he thought it was the end when cancer struck the first time. He said it has actually been a blessing that brought their family together.
“They pretty much said, 'you have 3-6 months to live’,” said Owen Powell.
He said he was living in Las Vegas when he heard the words “non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”
“I pretty much gave up hope. I thought that was it, period,” said Owen Powell.
His family thought otherwise.
“He's what keeps us all so close. And to lose that center... there was that moment where we thought we'd all be lost without him,” said daughter in law Joey Powell.
Owen Powell moved to Spokane and went through chemo and radiation. He beat that first round of cancer. He was in remission for two and a half years. Then he was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Then again eight months later he was diagnosed with colon cancer.
Each time Owen Powell was diagnosed with cancer he went through brutal treatments. Each time he lost more than 100 pounds. Owen Powell beat the disease every time it hit.
“I'm a cancer survivor too. I had Hodgkin’s. So, I've always been afraid. And now, watching him, I know if I had to, I could do it again,” said daughter in law Tammy Powell.
“This is supposed to be a disease that slaps you down. And actually, you can slap it down, if you have family pulling you through,” said Owen Powell.
Owen Powell is a proud father of six and a grandfather to ten. He said they are what he fights for.
“I have beat it. I will beat it. And if and when it does finally does decide, I can still laugh and say, 'well, it took you long enough!'” said Owen Powell.
Owen Powell’s daughter in laws said he has always been a force of nature.
Owen Powell was diagnosed again with a spot on his lung and stomach in November of 2013. He said he still has every intention of winning.
“I feel very fortunate, that I have gotten this far with it. I'm not ready to stop yet. Not by a long shot,” said Owen Powell.
Owen Powell has also endured three heart attacks, a triple bypass and now has a pacemaker. He said he will not let any of that stop him either.