Road to recovery
By Roger Cowan
Yorktown student and football player Jason Ornelas has had one tough year, but the future is looking bright ahead.
Doctors last week related to Ornelas’ mother that the tumor recently removed from Jason’s arm was 99 percent dead cells, which means the chemo treatments are working. Ornelas will continue treatment through January with hopes of eradicating the foul affliction. Surgery was performed to remove Ornelas’ proximal humerus and surrounding damaged tissue and muscle. The removed bone was reconstructed by surgeons, and muscle and tissue from his back was used to replace the removed tissue and muscle in the arm. going into surgery at 8:00 a.m. on August 29, Orenlas spent nearly twelve hours on the operating table while a team of surgeons shared the various duties and procedures undertaken.
After enduring the surgeries and treatments of late, Ornelas decided it was time to make an appearance in support of his Yorktown Wildcats. After a brief but needed visit with the players and coaches before Friday’s game, Ornelas and family watched the Wildcats beat Runge 52-19 from their car on the North end of the field. Following the games conclusion, Ornelas made his way down to congratulate his teammates, but soon he took the appearance of a movie or music star. It seemed every student that saw him wanted to take a picture with him and offer their encouragement. Wearing a surgical mask to help prevent his weakened immune system from catching anything, Ornelas made the passing comment “I don’t know why I keep smiling under the mask...you can’t see it!”
The News-View staff would like to extend our love and encouragement to Ornelas and family during their long battle. It’s a long road, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Stay strong, stay determined, and when the rain is at it’s worst, remember the rainbow to come.
Jason Ornelas celebrates the Wildcats win with the Yorktown coaches Friday night.