Family, friends rally around Cheatham County mayor battling cancer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Cheatham County Mayor David McCullough is facing a tough battle with cancer, but he found support from his community as they all attended a rally for him Sunday afternoon.

Many residents of Ashland City showed up on the town square to let McCullough know he’s not in the fight alone.

“To have this kind of turnout and show support and pray for me is quite humbling,” said McCullough.

The rally included singing, prayers and offers of comfort for the mayor, whose life changed two weeks ago.

McCullough said he was at work one day and had a sharp pain in his right side. He thought it may have been appendicitis. After multiple tests at the hospital, McCullough was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.

Sunday night was the eve of his first treatment, and he was surrounded by friends and family.

One of those friends, Valerie Dreier told News 2, “We just want to let him know we’re behind him, we support him and we’re praying for him.”

McCullough said he approaches every day with saying “I’m here to live,” adding “We’re all dying, but I’m not dying and that’s kind of my focus.”

As a father and grandfather, family is at the top of the list of reasons for McCullough keep fighting. “At 52 years of age, I have a lot more years to offer, and I plan to,” he said.

McCullough begins the first of his four treatments on Monday.

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