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Cheer Squads in Katy Recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

September 9, 2019

By Jennifer Miko

Katy high school football fans and supporters have repeatedly shown their loyalty, spirit and heart. On two separate playing fields, our hometown teams acknowledged National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. They stood united against this disease and showed compassion for others.

On Friday night, Tompkins High School hosted the Klein Cain Hurricanes for a week-two varsity football matchup, and the Falcons cheerleaders met with a special player from the opposing team.

A Young Man's Fight

In 2017, Jacob Munoz was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. For the past two years, the young man has undergone chemo treatments, a bone marrow transplant from his brother and rehabilitation. At last week's opening game against Cypress Park, Jacob was able to suit up and run through the tunnel with his teammates carrying the Texas flag.

On Friday, the Tompkins cheer squad honored Jacob by painting his uniform number, 33, in a purple heart on their run-through banner. They also presented Jacob with a card signed by them and the football team.

Tompkins was selected as the Texans Friday Night Game of the Week and some Texans cheerleaders attended the game. They wanted to meet Jacob too.

"I didn’t know that the cheerleaders were planning to meet me," says Jacob. "When they came over I was so shocked. I was not expecting it at all. Meeting them was an honor. It really made me happy that they did something so special for someone that they did not even know. Their kindness touched my heart."

“It is really important to (Tompkins) Coach McVey to get the athletes out in the community serving,” says Kim Chapman, Community Outreach, Tompkins Athletic Booster Club. “The varsity football players and cheerleaders were very touched by Jacob’s story and just wanted to show Jacob some love. All of this was a team effort and this is why our motto is #Allin.”

Keeping the Faith

Jacob, a senior and linebacker/strong safety, hasn't played in a game yet this season.