This is the touching moment a cancer sufferer cries when he raffles his pickup truck away to pay for medical treatment and the winner kindly gifts it back to him.
Juan Manuel Vidales Montero, from the municipality of Huimanguillo in the Mexican state of Tabasco, was forced to raffle his 2000 Chevrolet 400 SS pickup truck to help with his fight against stage-four stomach cancer.
Raffle tickets were sold for MXN 199 (GBP 7) and the first prize was Juan’s pickup truck along with additional cash prizes of MXN 20,000 and 10,000 (GBP 724 and 362).
The pickup truck winner, Marco Polo Rodriguez Cadenas, was invited to Juan’s house to collect his prize, and he went along with his father and a cameraperson.
Juan told Marco that the raffle had helped to pay for his recent operation and that he wished him well with his beloved pickup truck.
However, knowing how much the vehicle meant to Juan, and the excellent condition he kept it in, the kindhearted winner declined signing the paperwork and instead gifted the Chevrolet truck back to him.
In the footage, Juan is seen crying after Marco tells him: “I want to give it to you.”
The moving scene was shared on social media by the Survivor Cancer Team, where it went viral.
Juan said: “I feel blessed by God and very grateful to my friend Marcos who gave me this beautiful gift, which for me is a huge blessing.
“I feel very emotional because they know what I had to do to fix it up and customise it, make it beautiful, and I had to sacrifice it, but they gave it back to me with their kind hearts.
He added: “I will continue my treatment in January. My recent surgery was a big step forwards because I was days away from dying. I feel very happy, very blessed by God and by everyone’s love.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched by Juan’s niece Laura with a USD 10,000 target.
She said in an update on 29th December: “My Name is Laura. I am fundraising for my Uncle Juan Manuel Vidales Montero, who was diagnosed with Stage Four Stomach Cancer.
“My uncle has gone through many chemotherapy treatments. On December 17, 2021, he underwent a 12-hour surgery so he would be able to eat and consume liquids and hopes to extend his life. After the surgery, we received devastating news.
“The surgeon notified us that he would not be able to remove the tumour at this time due to its size and that the cancer has spread throughout his body. After many treatments at Tabasco Mexico General Hospital the cancer continues to spread throughout his body.
“Upon fully recovering from this surgery, the surgeon is hoping to do another surgery to try once again to remove some if not all of the tumours. This surgery is not covered by any general hospitals in Mexico. Our family is seeking alternative treatments and/or medications to help fight this horrible disease.”
Donations to the crowdfunding campaign can be made by visiting the link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/h2pry-help-my-uncle-fight-cancer