Cancer is one of the worst diseases in human history, and sadly, Beth Chapman is battling for the second time. Her husband, Duane “Dog” Chapman, recently talked about her condition and something important Beth told him. It seems that things are not going as great as expected, and all fans might need to prepare themselves for the worst. Let’s find out more about down below.
A HARD BATTLE
The Bounty Hunter recently sat down with DailyMailTV to talk about his wife’s diagnosis. She has stage four lung cancer, but he said, “My baby has cancer and she is fighting like hell.” Duane Chapman and his family became famous for his reality show where he hunted down fugitives from the law with the help of Beth and his family.
Despite the circumstances the Chapman’s are facing right now, they are shooting 10 episodes of a new series for WGN America called ‘Dog’s Most Wanted’, which will premiere in May. The couple went on with their plans, although Beth’s disease was caught last December. “I have cried a lot over this because Beth is my everything.”
“Despite all of the obstacles I have overcome, this is by far the biggest test of my life and mark my words, I will not let her die. She is my rock and my bodyguard. I will do everything I can to keep her here.”
THERAPIES FOR BETH
In regards to Beth’s health issues, Duane also said that his wife had used chemotherapy in 2012 when she got throat cancer. However, Beth had a really hard time with as it made her spit blood, lose too much weight and her blonde curls were gone. He went into detail, stating that this time she was going a different route.
She is doing remarkably well and has not suffered the same side effects as before. “If this were me, I would be a big sissy. But not Beth. She is still hitting the ground running with me. Beth is determined that cancer won't slow her down. In fact, I am so amazed by Beth's strength and positive attitude.”
“She has told me repeatedly that if these are her last days on earth she wants to spend every moment with me on the hunt, living life to the fullest and enjoying the time we have left together.”
He continued with, “The best part of my job is having her by my side on every journey. I can't imagine a day without her and think deep down inside she is always concerned for my safety because she wants the security of knowing I come home to her every night.”
Dog also talked about his new show and his hopes that the fugitives he catches who suffer from drug addiction will join a rehabilitation program he recently created. He instated it to help them avoid another prison sentence and landing over and over again in trouble. Drug addiction is a serious problem in America, and Dog wants to fight against it as well.
He has spent 40 years in the bounty hunting business, catching criminals who had skipped bail and putting them behind bars. That means that he learned a lot through experiences, and one big problem for those drug-addicted felons is that prison only exacerbates the need for drugs. He believes that rehab is the only way for these people not to fall once again into the clutches of addiction.
This is highly due to the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and many criminals in prisons have committed unspeakable things to get their next buy. Dog is in favor of President Trump’s new law known as "The First Step Act," which is a criminal justice reform. It aims to release federal prisoners early as long as they get through a drug rehab program.
Almost half of U.S. prisoners are in due to drug-related charges. Therefore, Duane wants fugitives to enter his program called ‘Naked, Addicted and Afraid’. Furthermore, he is not only in this fight. Chapman is joining forces with experts from Boca Raton’s Treatment Alternatives and hopes that the program will reach all of America soon.
“We need to break the cycle of seeing drug-addicted people get out of prison and re-offend just to get another fix. I have spent my 40-year career catching people like these. The cycle needs to end right now. Jailing people who only committed crimes to feed their drug addiction, putting them in prisons where they can continue getting high on the black market, makes no sense.”
The rehab program is held in a luxurious estate in Florida, located in some of the richest areas of the state. It also features a swimming pool. The costs of it will be paid by each person’s insurance or thanks to federal grants. However, Dog realizes that getting criminals into it will not be an easy task, and the work will be rough.
“My facility program is not the soft option. Dealing with addiction for these people will be one of the toughest things they have ever had to endure. I hope courts will see the facility I am setting up as a sensible alternative to general incarceration. It will first be based in Florida but I would like to set up similar facilities nationwide.”
Dog continued explaining ‘Naked, Addicted and Afraid’, stating, “Once they are tracked down by my team, the fugitives will be brought to the Treatment Alternatives facility. It is going to be a 40-65 day program aimed at weaning addicts off of drugs by enrolling them in classes that will aid them in getting clean and sober.”
He knows how hard it is to get sober because of his experience. “People do drugs because it provides a pleasure they feel they can't get anywhere else. But they can get the same satisfaction from things such as getting a job, having a family, meeting someone special, taking care of a pet, the foundations and reasons that make people feel validated.”
THEIR NEW SHOW
This May, ‘Dog’s Most Wanted’ premiers on WGN America and the network has picked up ten episodes while five are already done. The Bounty Hunter talked about it as well during his interview, “On one level the series will seem similar to my original program. Beth and I are still going coast to coast capturing people on the lam.”
"However, in this installment, we are upping the level of intensity on how we capture these fugitives, the level of their crimes and where we will find them because these folks are more dangerous than anything you have seen in seasons past. Basically, the stakes are higher to get them behind bars.”
Aside from that, Dog also talked about his new podcast called ‘Agents of Recovery’, which features addiction specialist Scott Jones. “The objective here is to start a conversation about how one can become an addict, the symptoms one can look for and then open up the floor for a Q&A with listeners.”
“It is so vital for me to connect with my fans especially since 85% of the people I have captured have gone on to do amazing things with their lives and that is something I want to continue pushing.”
It seems that despite the tough times, the Chapmans are still working hard for their goals. Beth is a champion and a rock for her family. Let us know what you think about Dog’s drug addiction relief efforts. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who are fans of ‘The Bounty Hunter’. See you next time!