BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A former Wasco State Prison correction officer who had been battling stage four pancreatic cancer since late February has passed away.
The following statement from a close family friend was received by 23ABC on his passing:
"It is with deep sadness to share that Henoc Zamudio passed away early Saturday morning. Henoc was a loving husband, father, son and friend. His wife Ana and his two girls Henna & Anjali want to thank the community for all the love and support they received."
Back in February 15, Zamudio went to urgent care to check up on a pain on his side. A week later, he was notified by doctors that he had cancer and that it had spread to his liver. Without chemotherapy, doctors said, he had only three to six months to live.
"It's hard on the kids, but we'll pull through," he said.
Zamudio decided to leave his job at the prison to spend more time with his family and wished to take one last family trip, a wish his former co-workers at the Wasco State prison decided to turn into reality for the past several weeks.
In order to do so, his co-workers held a fundraiser for Zamudio on April 23rd at Jersey Mike's Subs. A few days later, another fundraiser took place at the Nile Nightclub in downtown Bakersfield in what they called "a celebration of life."
"It feels good. I just appreciate everyone coming in and sharing their support," Zamudio said at the time.
"Me and him, talked about this car ever since he got it so when we got the news, it was of the up most urgency to get it done because he's never driven it, he's never done anything, he brought it as a project, for something to build on the side," said Matt Coble, one of his former co-workers.
The vehicle, he said, was a symbol of love and friendship they all shared with Zamudio.
Henoc Zamudio passed away at 4:13 a.m. He is survived by his wife Ana, and his two daughters, Henna and Anjali Zamudio.
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