Cancer-stricken man brought to tears in hospital room

Pete Barrera

What type of guy is Pete Barrera from Alamo?

He's someone who spent several days to personally clear out the gravesite of a former classmate from PSJA High School who died in 1978 and whose family has since moved away.

He TMs the type of person who shaved his head for St. Baldrick's Foundation which helps kids with cancer.

And when it comes to family, Pete put his own battle with cancer aside to care for his 93-year-old mother and 65-year-old sister who's disabled.

Pete is considered a tireless soul whose light hearted disposition and sparkling personality has inspired a friend to nominate him for the Pay it 4Ward prize.

Art Reyna surprised Pete in his hospital room on Thursday afternoon where he's receiving treatment for cancer at Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance.

"I just wanted to come by and tell you that you've always been here for all of us, Pete," Art said. "You're a really good guy. And ever since high school you're always there. You're always uplifting. You're always full of joy everywhere you go. You're very inspirational to everybody. You put everybody first before yourself. That's why from FNB Insurance and Action 4 News we want to Pay it 4Ward. I hope this helps you out. Here's $100, $200, $300, $400."

Pete held the money in his hand with a look of shock.

"You guys walked in and surprised me," he explained. "I didn't expect it for you all to come here and do this. It just hits me right here in the heart. It puts a smile on my heart. It puts a smile on my face."

It also puts a smile the face of Karen Gonzalez with FNB Insurance Agency.

She's a Pay it 4Ward partner with Action 4 News who provides the cash for kindness each week on the program.

"Despite your personal challenges, you're always thinking of others," Karen said. "You're always thinking of how you can help everyone else. And because of that FNB Insurance is really humbled and honored to help Pay it 4Ward."

Pete says his desire to do good for others comes from his upbringing.

A photo from 1964 shows him smiling as a kid.

"It's in the heart," Pete said. "You feel like you should do these little things. I think people should go back to the old ways of how it used to be. People used to care about each other."

He hopes his story inspires others to want to Pay it 4Ward to someone in need.

Pete plans to use his $400 Pay it 4Ward prize to help with travel expenses to Houston.

He leaves in the near future to continue his cancer treatment at MD Anderson.

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