Call 4 Action - San Benito police officer battles cancer

San Benito police officer Guadalupe Ayala has fought crime for the past 22 years.

He now finds himself fighting colon cancer for the second time.

"I never expected anything, but I've seen a lot of friends and people coming up and telling me that I TMm in their prayers, said Ayala.

Chemotherapy makes Ayala TMs voice weak, but his gratitude is strong.

Ayala and his wife said community support allowed Ayala to pull through the first time.

"When somebody needs help, he's always been there even if it's a stranger, said wife Lisa Ayala. He's helped them out. So we feel he needs the help and we have received it."

News that Ayala has cancer again caught the family by surprise.

"We've incurred some medical expenses, and we've been traveling back and forth to MD Anderson, said Lisa Ayala.

Unable to work, the San Benito Police Department is working to raise funds for Ayala.

"He's always been there for us, everybody else, so this is our way of showing him we're there for you now, said Lieutenant Martin Morales of the San Benito Police Department.

The department is holding a chicken plate sale Saturday.

They have already sold 800 tickets.

For that the Ayala family is thankful but says money is not all they need.

"Just having that love, that support, said daughter Cecilia Ayala. There are people letting us know that they are praying for our family, that their faith is strong also with us. That's enough.

The chicken plates can be bought for $6 a piece between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. near Freddy Fender and the Resaca in San Benito.