February 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Allie and Dudley Davis are celebrating their second year of marriage. Dudley is a cancer survivor who received treatment at WellSpring Oncology.

Two local newlyweds make it through, hand-in-hand

PINELLAS PARK – They say the first year of marriage is always the hardest. Just ask Dudley Davis, of Clearwater, and his wife Allie.

The 89-year-old groom and his 82-year-old bride faced a scary reality just months after saying their vows.

“I had a mole that one day changed suddenly. The doctors said it was melanoma,” Mr. Davis explains.

The American Cancer Society estimates about 120,000 people each year are diagnosed with this form of skin cancer. Because of the position of his cancer, Davis wasn’t a good surgical candidate and he was referred immediately to WellSpring Oncology for radiation.

Fortunately for Davis, his wife Allie was by his side during his 30 sessions with Zucel Solc, M.D., Board-Certified radiation oncologist at WellSpring Oncology.

“We’d take turns driving the 15 miles from our retirement community in Clearwater for treatments in Pinellas Park,” he explained.

Davis also had the unconditional support of Allie.

“It makes all the difference when you have someone there at your side,” he said.

But supporting one another is nothing new for the couple. In 2001, the two met at the Regency Oaks Community in Clearwater. At the time, he was married to his first wife of 65 years. After several health problems, she passed away in 2010.

It was Allie who helped him pick up the pieces, and eventually, fall in love again.

“I’m so fortunate to have found her. Life just gets more wonderful every day,” Davis says.

The two were married Feb. 12, 2011.

“Dudley has been so positive during his treatment,” Mrs. Davis says about her new husband.”

Now that the treatment is complete, the couple is back to doing what they love the most – traveling.

“Dr. Solc said he’d see us in three months and to keep on going. So that’s what we’re doing. We just continue to go!” Mr. Davis said.

Already the couple has four trips planned in 2012.

“Now nothing can slow us down. We’re just trying to find enough time in the day to do everything we want,” he says about entering the second year of marriage.

As for Allie, she knows their love is stronger than cancer.

WellSpring Oncology is located at 6600 66th St. N. in Pinellas Park, Florida. For more information, call 343-0600 or visit

Article published on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

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