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  • Deadly shooting at a large party in Beckley

    Man dies after a Shooting during a Party outside of Beckley, Now the Search is On for the Suspect

    Man dies after a Shooting during a Party outside of Beckley, Now the Search is On for the Suspect

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:10:52 GMT
    The Raleigh County Sheriff's office responded to a shooting at a party just outside of Beckley early Sunday morning. As a result of these gunshots, Roland Howard Frazier, 23, was hit and later died.
    The Raleigh County Sheriff's office responded to a shooting at a party just outside of Beckley early Sunday morning. As a result of these gunshots, Roland Howard Frazier, 23, was hit and later died.
  • UPDATE: Beckley Police catch suspects involved in shooting on Summers Street

    UPDATE: Beckley Police catch suspects involved in shooting on Summers Street

    Sunday, September 14 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-09-14 18:48:51 GMT
    After 19 year-old Tyrell Smith was shot twice on his hip and wrist, the suspects have been found. Detective Bragg with the Beckley Police Department said they quickly got tips as to where the suspects were. Once they found the vehicle near Antonio street, there was a short pursuit, then police caught the suspects.
    After 19 year-old Tyrell Smith was shot twice on his hip and wrist, the suspects have been found. Detective Bragg with the Beckley Police Department said they quickly got tips as to where the suspects were. Once they found the vehicle near Antonio street, there was a short pursuit, then police caught the suspects.
  • A Tazewell County Mother Says Eric Smith Will Not Be Forgotten 10 Months After His Disappearance

    A Tazewell County Mother Says Eric Smith Will Not Be Forgotten 10 Months After His Disappearance

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-09-14 00:51:17 GMT
    It's been ten months since a man was reported missing in TazewellCounty.Police said Eric Smith, a General Mine Foreman at Buchanan Mine No. 1 in Buchanan County,Virginia,was reported missing onNovember 8, 2013after he failed to return home from a hunting trip.Eric Smith's mother, Dreama Smith, said she will never let Eric be forgotten.Dreama said, "We pray everyday that something will open."Cedar Bluff Police Chief, David Mills, said they are constantly checking leads.Mills said, "Everyday so...
    It's been ten months since a man was reported missing in TazewellCounty.Police said Eric Smith, a General Mine Foreman at Buchanan Mine No. 1 in Buchanan County,Virginia,was reported missing onNovember 8, 2013after he failed to return home from a hunting trip.Eric Smith's mother, Dreama Smith, said she will never let Eric be forgotten.Dreama said, "We pray everyday that something will open."Cedar Bluff Police Chief, David Mills, said they are constantly checking leads.Mills said, "Everyday so...
BRIDGEPORT -

On Monday we introduced you to an area resident who is battling a rare form of cancer.

Mika Hunter is a Bridgeport resident who is fighting multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.

Hunter and his girlfriend Liz Martin said they want to raise awareness on this disease.

"There is no cure for multiple myeloma. I'll have to do maintenance like chemo probably forever which is maybe a pill a day and maybe an aspirin. I'll be doing maintenance chemo and follow up visits," Hunter explained.

But Hunter doesn't want to have to do this for the rest of his life. Hunter and Martin said they hope to help raise awareness and promote research.

"We just want to get the word out on multiple myeloma because it's not really talked about but it's the second most popular blood cancer," Hunter said.

"Especially with it being breast cancer awareness month all you see is pink, and that's wonderful. But there are so many other cancers out there and before he got this I had never heard of it before," Martin said.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation was founded by Kathy Giusti, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1996.

"They gave her three years to live and so two years later she started the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. She's laid the ground work and since then that foundation alone has produced six drugs that have passed FDA standards," Hunter explained.

Hunter said the research that has been done on multiple myeloma so far seems to be working.

"From 1970 to 1995 there was no kind of advancement at all. Since 1996 or 1998 until now they have more than doubled the life span of people with myeloma," Hunter said.

National organizations aren't the only ones doing research. Hunter said there's important work being done in Morgantown as well.

"In addition to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown is incredible and it's right in our backyard. I've had chances to move to bigger cities for other cancer research hospitals but I'm happy here with WVU," Hunter said.

Hunter said his overall goal is for further research to be done, and for a cure to be found.

We'll be keeping up with Hunter and updating you throughout his current treatments.