The Coach Fernandez Fight to Kick Cancer


It all started in April of 2019. Jose, after a soccer game, noticed his groin muscle was a little swollen. It did not hurt, so he stretched and iced for several weeks. But the swelling did not go away. Concerned, he decided that maybe he had an unknown infection and his body was fighting it.

Jose went to his doctor who ran multiple tests including blood work. Everything came back saying he was healthy as an ox. Another month passed and in July Jose went back to the doctor because the swelling seemed to be getting worse. The doctor was concerned and ordered a CAT scan. The results were a bit off but again not alarming. At this point, the only way to examine the swollen lymph nodes was to biopsy the area. On August 13th Jose was called to the doctor’s office and told the biopsy came back positive for Mantle B- Cell lymphoma, blastoid variant. This is a very rare genetic form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma .

Jose was immediately referred to a local oncologist. A week later with a PET scan and biopsy report, he was given stage 3, possibly stage 4  prognosis. Jose then went to MD Anderson for a second opinion.

Jose will be participating in a 5-year trial study at MD Anderson. This will require lengthy stays in Houston. The first year he will be treated with newly developed medicines followed by high treatments of chemotherapy the second year and returning to drug therapy for the remainder of the trial.  

It’s now been six months and he is still feeling as healthy as an Olympian (as one nurse referred to him), but he knows he has a long journey ahead. The girls are all digging into school and soccer and working super hard to keep life as normal as possible.

Thank you, everyone, for all of the thoughts and prayers, they are needed more than you know. With Jose having to fight for his life in Houston, our family will need all of the support we can get. Jose is facing very high medical expenses and we are asking for your generous donation to help offset those costs. Our goal is to raise $51,890 by 1/1/2020 so we can start the year knowing that the financial battle
is behind us and we can all focus on the battle with Cancer, one we know with our friends, family, and the grace of God we will win.

We ask that when you make a donation, please leave a note or a story about Jose. Let's surround him with positivity and let him know how important he is to our lives and the community.

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Kelly Fernandez 
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Lynn Clark 
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