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Jim Davies of Alexandria demonstrates one of the machines he uses to help magnify documents at his office. Davies lost part of his vision after a bout with West Nile virus in 2012, during which time he was also fighting cancer. (Daily Republic photo)

Alexandria man battles cancer, West Nile at same time

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ALEXANDRIA -- Jim Davies talks about the events of the last year in a calm, matter-of-fact way.

He's had cancer. He's had West Nile.

At the same time.

"Everybody's life's got pylons in the road. It's just they're not the same ones," he said with a small smile.

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