Former Uvalde resident Jesse James Zamora spent his 25th birthday, which was Feb. 19, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, undergoing treatment for cancer, which has spread to his bones.
In September of 2018, Zamora was diagnosed with two malignant tumors on his spine, said Zamora’s mother, Maribel Serrano, who currently resides in Crystal City. The tumors left him paralyzed from the waist down.
“He underwent a six-hour surgery to remove the tumor at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio,” said Serrano. “He still was not able to walk after the surgery, and required further treatment.”
Zamora needed radiation therapy, and his mother knew that he needed to start treatment immediately. So, with family in Arkansas, and a treatment facility that would start therapy immediately, they moved to Arkansas.
“We did many fundraisers to get us there,” said Serrano. Zamora was also to undergo chemotherapy, but his body rejected the treatment.
The family moved back to Texas, and Zamora has been in and out of the hospital and nursing homes.
Zamora grew up in Uvalde, where he attended school before eventually graduating from a San Antonio high school.
“We lived on Pecos Street,” said Serrano, “Jesse was always at the park and was active in boxing.”
His mother is asking for prayers for her son from the community.
“I feel like a lot of people have forgot him,” said Serrano, reflecting that her son needs many people praying and lighting a candle on his behalf.
“I want the community to come together and not forget about their loved ones,” said Serrano. “We all need that.”
Zamora is the father of two children, 3-year-old Aiden James Zamora and 1-year-old Ethan Zamora.
Anyone wishing to reach out to Zamora may send cards and letters to Maribel Serrano, 1600 N. 7th Avenue, Apt. 1602, Crystal City, Texas 78839.