Breast cancer survivor pays it forward to military family

Faye Richards received a $1,000 surprise on CASH FOR KINDNESS after helping a neighbor whose spouse is overseas with the military. (KABB)

Faye Roberts' perseverance is pretty astounding.

“I was diagnosed with cancer last year,” the Army veteran said. “My parents died, but I'm still moving."

She and her husband make sure never to take a day for granted. It’s in their nature, according to the Roberts who lives on the Northeast Side.

“My family wasn't the richest family, but we loved each other,” Roberts said. “And, in 1984, I decided to go into the military with the help of a recruiter. So someone helped me."

Christopher Martinez has known Roberts for the last three years. She recently hired him to cut an overgrown yard at a house. It took him 10 hours to complete the job over the span of two days. He filled 25 bags full of grass but it turns out the property did not belong to Faye. She paid him $200 to help a neighbor.

Martinez nominated Roberts for the CASH FOR KINDNESS prize.

“Remember when you hired me and told me you had a job for me?” Martinez told Roberts outside her home.

“Yes,” Roberts said with a puzzled look on her face. “Yes I do.”

“I thought someone was going to hire me, but you paid me out of your money to do the yard over there for that man,” Martinez said.

“Yes,” Roberts said.

“I just thought that was so kind of you,” Martinez said.

“Oh my goodness!” Roberts said.

“So I called my friend Ryan here,” Martinez said while pointing in the direction of the Fox San Antonio news camera.

Chris Osborn was the recipient of Roberts’ kindness. He lives about a block away from her. They met only once in passing, but he shared how his wife was stationed overseas in the Air Force while he cared for their 3 kids.

“I was quite surprised, really,” Martinez told Wolf about the gesture. “It's nice to know that there are people out there who like to help other people."

When he learned from Martinez that the work would be done at no cost to him, he was blown away.

“It was a jungle,” he told Wolf about the condition of the lawn. “We were away all Summer on vacation. We had some problems with the people who were supposed to keep up with the lawn. But we were lucky to have neighbors nice enough that were willing to help me out."

Wolf asked Roberts if she seen the neighbor since the help.

“I understand he was in tears when he heard it was from you?" Wolf said. "How does that make you feel?”

“Humbled once again," Roberts said while tilting her head to the ground.

Martinez explained why he turned to the CASH FOR KINDNESS program.

“I watch Fox news every night," Martinez said. "And I've seen what you all do. And the day she called me for that job, I had no clue what was going on. And when I saw that she was paying out of her pocket, I just knew that she had to be rewarded for that."

Wolf turned to Roberts and shared news of her reward from Fox San Antonio.

“I have a surprise for you,” Wolf said.

“What might that surprise be?” Roberts said.

“Would you put your hand out for me?" Wolf said.

Roberts was handed $1,000 in cash.

“$1,000!” Roberts said with her eyes wide open. “Oh no. That's too much."

Martinez said she deserved that and more.

“The message to San Antonio is that there's great people in this city," Martinez said.

People like Roberts prove being kind to others really does pay off in the end.

“How's that money going help you?” Wolf said.

“We're gonna pay it forward!” Roberts said without any hesitation. “We're going to do something with it."

Click here to nominate someone for the $1,000 CASH FOR KINDNESS prize.


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