Prairie du Sac man given months to live asking for as many Christmas cards as possible

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Published on December 6, 2019 -

Prairie du Sac man given months to live asking for as many Christmas cards as possible

In the Weittenhiller home in Prairie du Sac, Christmas is one of the most important days of the year.

Prairie du Sac man given months to live asking for as many Christmas cards as possible

Many of us make a list of things we want for christmas - new toys, new gadgets, you name it.

But one man in prairie du sac wants something very simple... something every single one of us can give him.

Jamie perez shares why this christmas will be his most important one yet.

This is the season of giving... particularly to those who need it most.

Well the man you're about to meet...needs it.

But for him, the holiday is not as much about opening presents as it is opening hearts... and in his case..

Opening letters.

Nats christmas music in the weittenhiller (whiten-hiller) house... "christmas is probably one of the most important holidays that we celebrate each year" gene weittenhiller is ready to spend another christmas with his wife... "forty years this coming valentine's day" gene has been fortunate to get many gifts in his near 72 years of life... except this year... he's cherishing the gift of time.... "the incision was healing okay on the inside.

But unfortunately, it also showed a tumor growing on my pancreas.

It was confirmed i have stage four inoperable cancer.

I immedaitely began chemotherapy.

The first one just knocked me on my rear end.

It unfortunately showed that it has not caused any shrinkage at all in the primary tumor on my pancreas and in fact, some of the lesions on my liver, where it's growing have increased in size."

"it's been devastating.

Mostly because we just retired, we are just enjoying being close to our kids and our grandchildren."

Gene started chemo in mid-august... and lost 50 pounds..

"it was a horrible experience" he stopped chemo three weeks ago... deciding to let nature take its course... "my youngest granddaughter who is three years old doesn't grasp that grandpa w is sick and he isn't able to get on the ground and roll around with me anymore.

That's very difficult for me to accept."

Gene's doctor says he has months left to live... "we are each others best friends, we are travel buddies, we do everything together.

That's why i'm going to miss him so much" " i knew how hard that was and i knew that he wasn't giving up.

He was making the best choice for how he wanted to feel" his son ross, has gone above and beyond since he found out about his dad's diagnosis... he contacted the packers who sent gene a football signed by the entire team and coaching staff, alex trebek signed a photo and wrote him a handwritten letter of support.

And now... for one final gift from everyone else... he's asking for as many christmas cards as possible... to make gene's final days merry and bright.

"i've been a firefighter for 13 years.

I've been with sauk city for 5.

I was an emt for 6 years with dane county district 1.

One thing i learned from all that is sometimes you help out a complete stranger just because they asked.

This time i'm the one asking from other complete strangers" even from complete strangers, your love is the best gift he could ask for... to make his last christmas the most memorable one yet.... "an overwhelming outpouring of love and support of people that i've never met and probably never will... but who cares" if you would like send a christmas card... the mailing address is here on your screen.

This will also be posted on our website at channel3000 dot com.

Jamie perez reporting... thank you.

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