Patrick Swayze "Determined" to Beat Cancer

We've had such an overwhelming response to the shocking news that actor Patrick Swayze is fighting pancreatic cancer. All of your love, support and prayers are so appreciated -- and Patrick is using all those well wishes as motivation to beat this thing.

"We appreciate the love that's coming back to Patrick from all his fans," the actor's sister-in-law Maria Haapaniemi told

Maria says Pat is facing the cancer head-on. "I've never seen him scared of anything! He deals with everything the same way: He's determined, enthusiastic, full of energy and hope."

Patrick's acting coach concurs that the Ghost star is equipped with the goods to get well. "He is what we would like America to be," Milton Katselas said. "He is that wholesome, that alive – healthy, vigorous, honest."

"If anybody can beat the odds, it's Patrick," Milton believes. "He's going to end up inspiring us all."

Keep those prayers coming!

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