San Antonio woman finds love and support after cancer spreads
SAN ANTONIO - Shirley Woods is living with a lot of pain. But she's not the type of person who likes to complain or put herself before others.
“Oh, you did bring me food!" Shannon Ebron, a long-time friend of Shirley said.
Here's the 78-year-old kindly helping out a friend who said she was hungry and too sick to leave her Northeast Side apartment. Woods had no idea the visit was really part of a CASH FOR KINDNESS surprise.
"Oh my stars!” Woods said when she saw Fox San Antonio’s Ryan Wolf inside the apartment. “Come on in."
Ebron nominated Woods because she now considers her as a second mother to her.
"She stepped into that role.” The 40-year-old told Wolf. “She took over. And I love her for it."
It started back in 2008 after Woods was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Shortly after her first surgery, she learned the cancer had spread to her breasts and stomach.
“Because of the cancer I've lost a lot of weight,” Ebron explained. “I don't do the things I used to do. It's hard for me to get out of bed sometimes."
Unable to work because of her failing health and constant chemo and radiation treatments, Ebron has been living day-by-day.
"There's times where I just want to give up," she said. “I can't go check my mail without getting weak or getting sick. Sometimes I can't even go to the grocery store to go get food when I need it."
Woods has been stepping in to help in myriad of ways.
“She buys my medications, she pays my rent and she pays for food when I have no food," Ebron said.
That brings us back to our CASH FOR KINDNESS surprise. Ebron’s said she’s been waiting more than a decade for a way to give back.
“I just want to tell you that I love you and appreciate everything you've done for me,” she told Woods while holding her hand in her apartment. “And without you, I don't know where I'd be. There's times when I just want to give up. But when I call you and tell you that, you tell me not to.”
Both women started to cry as Woods leaned in to give Ebron a hug.
“How do you feel right now hearing that?” Wolf asked.
“It's unexplainable," she answered. “God takes me to where I want to go no matter how sick I am. I'm crippled but we're here to be servants because that's what we're taught."
Wolf shared how her "selfless acts of kindness” would be rewarded from Fox San Antonio's CASH FOR KINDNESS program. He asked her to put out her hand.
“$500, $600, $700, $800, $900, $1,000.” Wolf counted while putting the money in her hand. “It's for you. For being that rock. That absolute rock. We need more people like you Shirley. How do you feel?”
“I feel as though God is always looking down, and when you need him, he's right there on time,” she explained. “No matter what."
Woods said she'll be using the money to help pay some of her medical bills and to continue helping Ebron as much as she can.
Click here to nominate someone for the $1,000 CASH FOR KINDNESS award.