Man dying from skin cancer dedicates life to helping others
Fri, 21 Dec 2012 03:47:45 GMT —
You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Alan Anderson is dying. "I have Stage IV metastatic melanoma," he said. The 63-year-old former accountant who was born in Donna has been given only a year or two left to live. Doctors don't know for sure because Alan has chosen not to follow through with chemotherapy treatment because he believes it will prevent him from doing what he loves most of all--helping others. "I want to live until I just can't move," he said. Alan spends his days caring for his elderly friend in La Feria. He drives up and down the Rio Grande Valley helping other people in need with either clothes, food or money. "There is a reward in helping others, a great reward," he said. Yolanda Rodriguez calls him one of God's special angels. "It's because of him that I've been able to stand strong and become a better person," she said. He helped pull her out of despair when she was sick and has given her spiritual guidance over the years. She wants to Pay it 4Ward. "I'm here to tell you how much you mean to me," she said to him. "You've helped me and saved my life. You have helped so many people. You give so much of yourself. You never think of yourself even through your sickness... dying... and you know I've always told you that you're my special angel. So on behalf of FNB Insurance and Action 4 News, I'm Paying it 4Ward! Here's 100, 200, 300, 400 dollars for you to do whatever you want with." "Thank you," Alan said to her. "It makes me feel important, very important." FNB Insurance Agency pays $400 each week to reward selfless acts of kindness as a Pay it 4Ward partner. "You really are a perfect example of what we look for in the Pay it 4Ward program," Jose Carlos De La Colina, FNB Insurance spokesperson said. "On behalf of FNB Insurance Agency and Action 4 News, it's an honor to Pay it 4Ward." Alan hopes his story inspires others to be kind and to never take life for granted. He says it's nice to hear how is desire to do good doesn't go unnoticed. "I love you," Yolanda said. "I love you too," Alan said while embracing her with a hug.