Avenal State Prison helps ‘Make a Dream Come True’ for young cancer patient

By Lt. Mike Tuntakit,  AA/PIO

Avenal State Prison

Jacob Alanis, 14, a member of an Avenal State Prison (ASP) family, was diagnosed in March 2012 was diagnosed with Stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the soft tissues/muscles.

Jacob Alanis

Jacob Alanis

Jacob, whose uncle is a Correctional Sergeant at ASP, is an avid San Francisco Giants fan. With the help of the Badge of Brothers, CCPOA, and lots of caring staff at ASP, arrangements were made with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants’ Triple A team, for Jacob to be an honorary Grizzly for a day.

Jacob’s battle with cancer has been a tough one. He went into remission in May 2013, but the cancer returned two months later. His lungs collapsed and he was on life support and in a coma in November and December, but he hasn’t stopped fighting.

Alanis at ball game

Donations helped give Jacob Alanis a special day at the ball yard.

Doctors have told Jacob that he can no longer undergo chemotherapy, but Jacob has requested to start a new round of radiation. Doctors will continue the radiation, but the cancer has metastasized to the brain and all of the spinal cord.

Despite all that, Jacob and his family were on hand to throw out the first pitch at the Grizzlies game at Chukchansi Park on April 22 for “Jacob’s Day as a Fresno Grizzly.” They were greeted by the Fresno Grizzly players and allowed on the field during batting practice and the singing of the National Anthem.

A suite was donated with food and refreshments for the family. Donations included more than $2,000 to help with medical bills.

UPDATE: Jacob Alanis passed away July 13, 2014.


3 Responses

  1. K. Kjonaas Thursday, May 1, 2014 / 8:26 am

    What a heart warming story! My thoughts and prayers go out to Jacob and his family.

  2. Cecelia Saturday, April 26, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    This is Jacob’s grandmother and I could not stop crying! Jacob tried, but had to go to the hospital because he was to weak and having too much pain. He gave everyone who has been part of this beautiful thouhtfullness a Thumbs Up! Jacob stands for warriors, and you have truly been his warriors! God Bless All of You! You will never know how much this meant to our family!:-)

    • Allan Newell Thursday, May 1, 2014 / 6:37 pm

      Jacob’s story and his smiling face give me strength and hope as I continue to battle stage IV cancer. God bless Jacob and his family during this difficult time.

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