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Man living with cancer gets degree after 10 years

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A dream 10 years in the making finally puts a diploma in the hands of a man who's inspiring many to succeed.

Edgewood College awarded James Gainey his Bachelor's degree on Saturday.

"It's just an amazing day," says James. "It's been a whirlwind since we got here and just thank you to everyone, it's been a really impressive, stunning kind of day."

The 32-year-old has stage four colon cancer and recently participated in a campus effort called Unite to Fight.

When college leaders heard he had been just one credit shy of a diploma for years, they reached out to his wife and stepped in.

"I really set out after his diagnosis to make as many dreams for him as I could come true," says Catherine Gainey, James' wife.

The Gaineys' hope is to raise awareness of how cancer can affect people of any age, encouraging everyone to focus on their health.

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