Anyone watching the current season of Gold Rush on Discovery knows that Parker Schabel’s 94-year-old grandpa John Schnabel has been battling cancer, and after the first half of the two-part Season 4 finale aired Friday night, many fans were left wondering how John is doing now. Just moments ago Parker posted an update letting fans know his Grandpa is doing better and “has great spirits,” which seems to always be the case with John Schnabel!
Here’s the full update from Parker, who is returning to Alaska as I type after making an appearance at the 2014 CONEXPO-CON/AGG:
My grandpa is doing well. He still has cancer but has responded well to the radiation and chemo therapy that he has been on and if you saw him you would never know he has an issue. We just celebrated his 94th birthday a few weeks ago and it was great. He has great spirits, friends and family. Thank you all for the kind words and prayers.
That is such great news to hear! I watch A LOT of reality television and I can’t think of anyone as good-natured and perpetually joyful as John — and that doesn’t even touch on the amount of respect I have for him for gold mining successfully for sooo many decades. We wish John all the best with his battle and hope that we will get to continue to see his smile and hear his infectious laughter for many more seasons to come!
Here’s a touching clip in which John Schnabel reveals it is his dream to look for gold at Smith Creek with his two grandsons:
And just in case you were wondering if John’s infectious mirth was always as contagious as it is now, check out this hilarious wedding announcement for his marriage to Erma Cordes in 1950 put together by Erma’s sister:
“No good varmint!”
Of course, I think Parker put it better:
My grandpa is way more of a badass than I’ll ever be #toeshot
— Parker Schnabel (@goldrush_parker) March 8, 2014
The second half of the two-part Gold Rush Season 4 finale airs Friday, March 14 at 9/8c on Discovery.