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Grand Strand man raises money to help high school sweetheart fight rare cancer


HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A man from Grand Strand is on a mission to help his high school girlfriend who is battling rare cancer for the second time.

Mateo Montalvo met Haley Smith when they were in high school and they fell in love.

The couple say they’ve been through the best times, but right now things are a little tough.

Smith is once again battling a rare stage four cervical cancer. She conquered the same type of cancer for the first time when she was only 17 years old.

Smith made a very difficult decision this week to shave his head because the chemotherapy treatment this time around was more aggressive.

As a sign of support, Smith’s dad had his head shaved first. The family say her battle with cancer is theirs too and that they will do all they can to support her again.

The family said the process of battling the disease the second time around turns out to be a bit more difficult and expensive. They started a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising money for medical needs, but it wasn’t enough.

Montalvo immediately had an idea to help them. He has been doing car detailing for a few months and now he donates all the money he earns to Smith and his family to help with his medical needs.

“It shows me every day that I’m loved and supported and every day it’s something that keeps me going,” Smith said.

” I regret nothing. I’m very happy to do this for them, ”said Montalvo.

Every dollar will go towards Smith’s medical and travel needs in his fight against cancer.

“Sometimes my insurance just doesn’t cover all the expenses,” Smith said. “It’s just one less thing we have to worry about, it’s all of this spending.”

“You can get details about your car anywhere. Maybe this place does a better job than me. But it does not have the same cause. He doesn’t have the same heart, ”Montalvo added.

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