AUSTIN, Minn. – Malcolm McDonald of Austin was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, a type that is not treatable.
He wrote to Gov. Mark Dayton in September, just weeks after being diagnosed, hoping a law will be passed so he can end life on his own terms.
Minnesota doesn’t have a law that provides what Malcolm calls “death with dignity.” He’s hoping when he gets to the point where his suffering is unbearable, he can administer medication himself that would end his life.
“The suffering or the potential suffering of not being able to breathe and not being able to get air and having a family that can’t care for me and ending up in a nursing home is scary,” said McDonald.
Malcolm’s sister and dad also died of cancer. He says they had a slow death and he had to watch them die of cancer and that’s why he wants to do this.
Malcolm’s wife Judy is supporting her husband’s decision.
“I’m not going to get any better. It would be different if it was treatable and worth fighting for but it’s not,” said McDonald. “I’ve lived a successful life and I’m extremely happy with how my life has turned out.”
Dayton’s office hasn’t responded yet.