Beth revealed the cancer diagnosis in an open letter .
“As most of you know I’ve spent a lifetime facing tests and challenges I didn’t see coming and certainly never expected. I’ve been dealt my share of unexpected blows over the course of my almost fifty years but nothing as serious as the one I heard from my doctors two weeks ago when they uttered those dreaded three words, ‘You have cancer,
After months of a nagging cough, a routine checkup resulted in a diagnosis of stage 2 throat cancer,” she continued. “I have what is referred to as a T2 tumor in my throat that is blocking my breathing. My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses.” Fortunately with stage 2 throat cancer, at this point it has not spread to the lymph nodes yet or other parts of the body.
To be certain, I’ve stared down the devil more than once in my life, but I’ve never faced a real life or death decision. My life has never been easy, and I surely don’t expect it to start now. Still, I’ve never been a victim and I won’t let cancer beat me. I realize the road I am about to travel will be rocky, full of unexpected twists and turns. But I know one thing for sure. A bend in the road is not the end of the road,
To be certain, I’ve stared down the devil more than once in my life but I’ve never faced a real life or death decision. My life has never been easy, and I surely don’t expect it to start now. Still, I’ve never been a victim and I won’t let cancer beat me. I realize the road I am about to travel will be rocky, full of unexpected twists and turns. But I know one thing for sure. A bend in the road is not the end of the road.
There is no quick fix and no appealing options for treatment. Yes, cancer sucks,” she continued. “While I know my diagnosis, until I come out of my surgery, I do not yet know my prognosis. If all goes well, my doctors will be able to get the tumor
I will fight every step of the way. My husband and children are counting on me to be there for years to come,” Chapman wrote. “I am so very grateful to be surrounded by family and friends who have given me incredible support during this very challenging time.”
Photo Credit : Dave Hernandez for the Burlington County Times
EDGEWATER PARK — Duane “Dog” Chapman, America’s most famous bounty hunter, is coming to the New Jersey Statehouse.
And while he promised not to kick in any doors or handcuff any lawmakers, he and his wife, Beth, vowed to bring attention to what they and others in the bail bonds industry have described as a “tsunami” of crime and injustice as a result of New Jersey’s recent criminal justice reform.
“Your crime has quadrupled and we can’t afford to have it any place else,” Chapman said Sunday before speaking at a town hall meeting on the issue at Restoration Station Christian Fellowship Church off Route 130.
“When you’ve got a snake on the loose, you go after the head of it,” he said about his lobbying effort against New Jersey’s criminal justice system reform law.
The law took effect Jan. 1 and essentially shifted the state from a monetary-based bail system to using a risk assessment that takes into account factors such as seriousness of the crime, a person’s criminal record and the nature of past convictions to determine if the person is a threat to society and should be detained prior to trial.
The legislation was approved in 2014 along with a constitutional amendment permitting some defendants to be held without bail.
Supporters of the new system, including Gov. Chris Christie, say it ensures that people accused of nonviolent or petty crimes aren’t detained behind bars for lengthy periods simply because they don’t have the money to post bail. Conversely, they argue it allows judges to keep dangerous defendants in custody until trial.
The Chapmans, who appeared together on the reality television series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” for eight seasons on A&E and for three seasons on CMT’s “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt”, argue that it hasn’t worked as intended and that dangerous criminals are being released to commit new crimes and that some petty offenders are being forced to remain jailed for lengthy periods because posting bail isn’t an option.
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Many people write in asking what the crew is up to, now that they no longer are on TV.
Duane Dog Chapman and wife Beth Chapman have joined the fight against Bail Bond Legislation that severely limits Bail Bonds, or rids states of them all together. The move to leave TV came about as a family decision to allow Beth time and energy to pursue the presidency of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS). PBUS is a national association which represents over 15,000 bail agents across the United States. Duane and Beth are not currently in production of any TV series.
Leland Chapman has moved to the mainland and lives in the southern US. Leland still works as a Bail Agent full time and is quite successful. He is now married to Jamie Chapman and is doing well. He can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/LelandBChapman/ and on Instagram at @LelandBChapman. Leland also is making public appearances, check his Facebook page for details. Leland appeared in all 3 seasons of “Dog and Beth” : On The Hunt”
Leland married Jamie P Chapman last summer and the happy couple currently reside in Alabama
Duane Lee Chapman
Duane Lee Chapman has moved to Florida and has his own bail bonds business. He is enjoying spending time with his fiancee’ and their young family. He is doing quite well. You can follow him at https://www.facebook.com/duaneleechapmanbailbonds/
Duane Lee is with his long time fiancee and enjoying life away from television. We missed him on the last series. A funny man with a great sense of humor. He has been seen in recent photos with brother Leland. Good to see that team together, even for a photo
Lyssa has retired from Television and now owns a Salon in Hawaii called “Tan Lines LLP” She is raising her daughters and in a happy relationship with her partner. She published a book after being on the show.
Last we heard, Tim Chapman has moved to California. Tim Chapman was a regular cast member for the first four seasons of Dog the Bounty Hunter. Chapman did not appear in the show from season five, to the season seven episode “Mister Mom” which aired on April 14, 2010. Chapman explained that he had taken a break so that he could take care of his four children. He also was dealing with the fallout from his second arrest. Tim was divorced from Davina. Tim has vanished from the public eye.