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      Valley soldier fighting toughest battle

      SSgt. Lupe Maldonado and his wife, Yerika

      He's been in the military for 10 years, but the last few have been the toughest of SSgt. Lupe Maldonado's life.

      "I'm doing okay, I'm taking the medication on time everyday."

      We featured his story a few weeks ago when his wife made a Call 4 Action saying she felt betrayed by the military after their physicians misdiagnosed her husband's colon cancer for several years.

      The Staff Sergeant is finally undergoing chemotherapy after a colonoscopy revealed stage 4 cancer. They are hoping to shrink a tumor in order to perform a life saving surgery.

      The former San Benito Greyhound and UT Longhorn remains optimistic.

      "I'm going to fight this cancer and get back to normal."

      He's had an outpouring of support from around the world since his story hit social media and our airwaves. He says every comment, letter, prayer is part of his healing process.

      "Oh gosh, I love the prayers. People adding me to their prayer lists I believe is helping God shine the light down."

      He's just undergone his first round of chemotherapy in Round Rock, Texas this week and is resting at home near Killeen.

      Even this interview took a lot out of the Staff Sergeant who wishes he could be with his brothers in uniform.

      "I want to be back in the Army training my soldiers so we can continue protecting this country. They are deploying to Afghanistan and I've been to Iraq 3 times, I want to go but I don't know if I can."

      At only 35 years old, SSgt. Maldonado prepares for the battle of his life, but with his family by his side and his friends old and new, he will soldier on.

      "Please visit my Fight For Lupe page and please keep the prayers coming so God can help me."

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