‘Fight the fight, don’t give up’: Davidson County newlywed hopeful while fighting brain cancer

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Newlyweds Peter and Missie Belmonte didn’t waste any time saying “I do.”

They met in February 2014 and were married in July the same year.

“I couldn’t ask for a better husband. I’ve waited a long time for someone like him,” Missie Belmonte said.

To most people, it’s a romance that developed quickly, but considering what Peter Belmonte had been through, it’s no wonder he didn’t want to wait to pop the question.

In 2012, he noticed a drastic change in his body.

“I wouldn’t eat. I started losing weight. I went from 190 to 165,” he said.

“My mom finally said to me one day, ‘You need to go to the doctor,’” he added.

He went to an urgent care facility, but doctors demanded that he be taken to the hospital.

An MRI would show just how serious the situation was.

“They told my mother he’s only got 48 hours to live,” Belmonte said.

He was later rushed to Wake Forest for emergency surgery.

Belmonte had brain cancer.

“They got 40 percent out, but there’s still 60 up there. They say it’s like fingers intertwined into the brain,” he said.

Today, it’s dormant, but the recovery has been difficult.

Belmonte had to learn to walk again and was concerned that he may never see his kids grow up.

“Even after the surgery, one of the doctors told me I only had two years, so that’s like a buzz kill right there,” he said.

Peter and Missie Belmonte say they don’t listen to the doctor’s prognosis anymore, and are focusing on enjoying life.

“I loved him for who he was and the person he was, not for what he had. It’s for good and bad, sickness and health,” Missie Belmonte said.

“Fight the fight, don’t give up,” Peter Belmonte said.

On May 23, Chunk’s Hawg Haven in Greensboro is hosting a benefit in Peter Belmonte’s honor to support Voices Against Brain Cancer.

The event will include a motorcycle ride, one of Belmonte’s passions.

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