LEBANON -- What a difference a year makes.
Last October, Ben Witter was not in a good place. Cancer was threatening his two loves: family and golf.
But a year later, the world-renowned golf trick shot artist is still doing his amazing performances and, most importantly, doing much better.
It was a constant battle, however; to pull off the unthinkable and fight off the inevitable. Witter is proud to say he's now done both.
"God-willing, I'm cancer-free," said Witter.
This is the same man who, a year ago, was in another sudden death playoff with that disease -- and cancer was winning. Tumors were up and down his body and the one on his jaw was the size of a baseball. Those tumors are now gone, however; thanks to an alternative cyberknife radiation treatment and nutritional and supplemental therapies.
And that's not all.
Ben's daughter Gabbie, now a senior in high school, was also fighting cancer -- Ewings Sarcoma, a bone cancer. She was diagnosed in April 2011.
Doctors have since given them both a clean bill of health. "It's exceeded everyone's expectations, including mine," said Ben.
Witter is now writing a book; developing new tricks and plans on trying out for the PGA's Senior Tour. He continues giving golf lessons at the Fairview Indoor Golf Center in Lebanon.
Seeing is believing, as well.
Maybe that's why Ben had CBS 21 News Sports Director Jason Bristol try on his glasses. "I'm blind in my right eye," said Witter, 48.
Yup, blind. He's been that way for years, too. Witter has some peripheral vision; yet he's still able to pull off his amazing golf stunts.
He's now focusing on something else.
A CBS 21 News story last October profiling Ben and his family inspired people from around the world; their support has now inspired him.
He's paying those people back by helping others; with the assistance of another man who wasn't as lucky.
David Horst, of Lebanon County, lost his wife Jennifer to leukemia nearly two years ago.
Horst and Witter are teammates now -- raising money through golf and giving it to families in need for trips or short vacations. Call it some temporary relief from relentless cancer. "When you're fighting that, that (kind of break) is almost more important; more than anything you could ask for, because its really an uphill grind every day," said Horst.
Horst started Jennifer Horst's Love, a charity that provides families with money to enjoy "a day free from cancer."
It's a grind Witter also knows all to well. He's battled cancer most of his adult life and he's overcome the odds time and time again. "I've said to many people, 'I'm not done yet,'" said Witter. "That's always been my attitude. Just keep going, going, going. Somehow, you'll keep getting through it."
Witter has shown us he can do just about anything.
Having beaten cancer (again), he's now free to figure out what to do next.