After 37 years in sports broadcasting, Alton still enjoyed his weekly climb up the ladder into the press box to call the plays at high school football games. When physicians in the Triangle diagnosed him with lung cancer, he wasn’t ready to give up.
“You are not finished when you lose,” said Alton, quoting a sports phrase. “You are finished when you quit.” So he sought a second opinion. For his treatment, he chose the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center since his cancer required highly skilled specialists using technology not available at many other centers. His surgery was a success. Alton went from a devastating diagnosis to being back in the press box.