WE FIRST INTRODUCED YOU TO JACE MALEK BACK IN FEBRUARY.
THE WEST VALLEY HIGH GRADUATE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
A WEEK BEFORE HE SIGNED TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR THE UNIVERSITY
JUST RECENTLY HE UNDERWENT SURGERY TO HAVE HIS RIGHT
KXLY 4'S AARON LUNA WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT WITH AN
UPDATE ON THIS INCREDIBLY POSITIVE ATHLETE.
AARON, THE U OF I STILL GIVING HIM THAT SCHOLARSHIP..
JUST A REALLY COOL THING TO SEE JACE ON THE VANDAL
SIDELINES, AS HE RECOVERED FROM CHEMOTHERAPY THE TEAM
THERE TO SUPPORT HIM.
NOW JUST WEEKS AFTER DOCTORS REMOVED A TUMOR FROM
HIS HIP, REMOVING HIS RIGHT LEG IN THE PROCESS, JACE
IS BACK AGAIN READY FOR THE FOOTBALL SEASON.
IN HIGH SCHOOL, JACE MALEK CRUSHED HIS OPPONETS.
SO IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO LET A
LITTLE THING LIKE CANCER TACKLE HIM.
Coming up in a Christian family, the Lord always throws
something at you, just catch it and keep going with
The same thing with football,
JUST WEEKS AGO DOCTORS REMOVED A TUMOR FROM JACE'S
HIS RIGHT LEG HAD TO GO TOO.
Your reaching for something that's painful and it's
not there and there is nothing you can do about it,
JACE WAS SUPPOSED TO STILL BE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY
LEARNING TO HOW TO DO DAILY TASKS WITH ONE LEG BUT
HE SURPISED EVERYONE WITH HOW QUICKLY HE ADAPTED.
Yesterday, he told us he busted out of rehab and I
was just really surprised,
THE DOCTORS WERE TOO.
We stood up and we actually did some stairs on the
THE U OF I STAFF, NOT SURPRISED.
THEY HONORED THEIR SCHOLARSHIP TO JACE EVEN AFTER
HIS DIAGNOSIS AND ARE ALREADY PLANNING FOR HIS RETURN
WITH A PERSONALIZED WORKOUT ROUTINE.
Lots of weighted pull ups, lots of weighted dips,
one legged squats, we'll see,
THE SEASON'S JUST BEGINING THOUGH AND JACE STILL HAS
A FEW MORE YARDS LEFT TOWARDS IN HIS GOAL.
But the fight's not over.
I know he still has to get through Chemo to clear
up the spots in his lungs,
THAT STARTS IN A WEEK AND A HALF.
HIS 10-YEAR-OLD SISTER IS READY FOR IT.
Well, I'll just be there, help him out and give him
IN THREE WEEKS JACE PLANS TO MOVE TO CAMPUS, START
ONLINE CLASSES AND JOIN HIS TEAM.
They're looking good.
They have a lot of new guys from junior colleges that
are looking good and the guys who were already there
are progressing good,
PROVING ONCE AGAIN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE MALEK STRONG.
NADINE,THE EXTREME TEAM WANTED TO GO TO HIS HOME AND
INSTALL A RAMP UP TO THE FRONT STEPS, SOMETHING THE
HOSPITAL THOUGHT HE MIGHT NEED ALSO.
BUT AFTER HE SHOWED EVERYONE HOW QUICKLY HE ADAPTED
TO MOVING ON ONE LEG THEY DECIDED IT WASNT REQUIRED.
I HAVE A FEELING HE DIDN'T WANT ONE ANYWAY.