'Today' co-host delivers an update on his brother's cancer battle. Fans are sending prayers
The beloved news anchor went on to check up on his brother, and the show's fanbase responded quickly with a barrage of support messages.
Today's fans are always very supportive of the show's hosts and crew, but some stories are much more moving than others.
This time, it was Craig Melvin's turn after he checked in with his brother, Lawrence Meadows, who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer last year.
According to Entertainment Daily, the host visited his brother at Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
The news anchor's brother was receiving chemotherapy in order to increase his chances of survival, but things haven't been so easy lately.
Just over a year ago, we brought you the story of @craigmelvin's brother, Lawrence. Lawrence was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, and now he's starting an experimental treatment. Craig checks in with his brother during #ColonCancerAwarenessMonth pic.twitter.com/oCWT7XU64Z— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 30, 2018
After going through several rounds of treatment, Meadows admitted to Melvin that the treatment really took a toll on him emotionally.
"You're thinking, 'I didn't sign up for this. When you go to school, they give you this long litany of options. Nowhere in the litany of options did I expect a curveball like cancer," he said.
Then, Melvin's voice revealed that his brother is enduring quite a "tough year," as he's been dealing with a struggling business while battling cancer.
Meadows' treatments are also taking a toll on his family life, as he's "nearly 1000 miles away" from his loved ones every other weekend.
Thank you for the update on your brother. Prayers and best wishes to Lawrence for his recovery. Prayers also to you and all of his family and friends for strength as you help support and care for him and each other.— MBT0907 (@mbt0907) March 30, 2018
Lawrence is in the right place. I had my clinical trial there twenty years ago for my then terminal cancer. We’re praying & rooting for Lawrence!— Mel Mann, MBA, M.Ed. 🎗 (@MelDMann) March 30, 2018
Dr. Scott Kopetz, Meadows' oncologist, said he was impressed with his ability to "stay active in his daily live" despite having to endure chemotherapy.
Thousands of followers are now sending their best wishes to Melvin and Meadows. Even cancer patients have been responsive to his situation.