ACAMPO (CBS13) — A San Diego Chargers fan beat long odds to win a Dodge Charger that could help her battle against liver cancer.
Pat Munoz won the car after buying two raffle tickets from a church raising money for a youth music program.
“Being a Charger fan, what could be better than having a Charger car?” she said.
And she’s not just a fan, but a diehard. She even has a tattoo on her right wrist to prove it.
“I’m 65 years old and afraid to tell my mother I got a tattoo,” she said.
The odds were stacked against her to win the car, but so were the chances her football team would make the playoffs. But in the same weekend, she won a Charger and watched the Chargers win.
“Now we are going to the playoffs and the Super Bowl,” she said. “I don’t know if you heard about that …”
Pat’s used to uphill battles. This past January, doctors found a cancerous tumor on her liver.
“I was just devastated,” she said. “I just knew it was all over.”
But Pat wasn’t about to give up. She couldn’t. She looks after her 91-year-old mother.
“She keeps me going, but I need that,” she said. I”m not just going to lay down and die. I’m going to keep going and get the liver and live.”
And the car she won could go a long way to helping her fight against cancer.
“I’m going to sell the car, and help with the medical expenses,” she said.
Pat hopes to find a donor match, and the money from the car—valued at $19,000 on average according to classic car pricing guides—will cover the costs of the transplant.
That’s a medical tab she would have a hard time paying for, had it not been for those two $10 raffle tickets.
“It’s the good Lord, he’s looking after me,” she said. “He answered my prayers.”