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Jim Gilbert loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a tobacco farmer and took great pride in every year's crop. He spent years coaching softball and basketball. He was a husband, a brother, a grandpa, an uncle, a devoted father to three girls, and a wonderful friend.
In the fall of 2012, Jim started complaining of stomach discomfort and digestive issues. Being a man who never complained and who was never sick, his family immediately got him into a doctor's office. Seven long weeks later he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of bile duct cancer. He fought with every ounce he had for 8 months. On May 21, 2013, he passed away surrounded by his loving family. It was during the 8 months that his family heard about Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer. This organization helped with prescriptions and with gas mileage as he traveled back and forth to Duke.
Team Gilbert has participated in Bridge to Bridge for the last 3 years. We are so thankful for the help provided by Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer and we are so honored to be able to walk/run in Jim's memory.
“You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” --Stuart Scott