UPDATE: There will be prayer vigil at noon today for Mayor Terry Gardner at Minden City Hall.
By Bonnie Culverhouse
ORIGINAL STORY: Terry Gardner is fighting for his life. The first-term mayor of Minden has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with lesions on his liver.
“I’m a fighter,” Gardner said Tuesday. “I won’t give up. We expect a full recovery, and everything is going to be fine.”
Gardner is scheduled for surgery Wednesday morning to place stents.
“They are trying to improve blood flow to other organs,” he said. “Open up some ducts, and install a port because after this surgery, I will start chemo and radiation.”
Gardner said he will be in and out of Minden City Hall during his treatments, and he plans to continue his campaign for re-election.
“I will still be functioning as the mayor, and I will be performing all my mayoral duties, with Wanda’s help,” he said, referring to his administrative assistant Wanda Pittman. “I plan on being at the June 6 (council) meeting.”
Gardner said a couple of weeks ago, he started feeling bad and tests began which eventually led to the diagnosis.
“The next few weeks will be hard,” he added.
Mayor Gardner said he appreciates prayers at this difficult time.
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