BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A group of correctional officers from Wasco State Prison have come together to help a former co-worker battling stage four pancreatic cancer.
"It's a big shock,” said Henoc Zamudio.
Doctors told Zamudio he had cancer almost two months ago.
“I mean I had no clue. Never in a million years I would have thought something like that would happen to me."
The cancer has spread to Zamudio’s liver and doctors also said Zamudio only had three to six months left to live without chemotherapy.
“It’s hard on the kids, but we’ll pull through,” said Zamudio.
Zamudio recently decided to leave his job at the prison to spend more time with his wife and two daughters.
"That was one of the hardest things to do was put in my resignation,” explained Zamudio.
It has also been hard on those who worked with the 38-year-old.
"It's devastating to hear news like that about someone you know somebody you work with and appreciate,” said Anthony Blanco, Correctional Sergeant at the Wasco State Prison.
So Blanco and some other officers decided they want do something special for Zamudio.
"I heard he wants to take a trip with his family so my goal is to try and get enough money for him to do that and spend some time with his family,” said Blanco.
They’ve collected five thousand dollars so far, but are looking to raise more money for Zamudio.
"I just want to thank everybody for supporting my family. I mean obviously there are no words I can say to thank everybody,” said Zamudio.
There will be a fundraiser for Zamudio at Jersey Mike’s Subs at 4715 Coffee Road on April 23rd from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to Zamudio and his family.
The correctional officers are also working on planning more fundraisers in the future.
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