Team Jorge is creating an endowed scholarship fund for Texas Tech University’s nursing program in honor of Jorge A. Fernandez.
Last November, we lost a valued member of the San Antonio community. Leaving this world, doing what he loved with who he loved, Jorge Fernandez collapsed at the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon never to wake up again. Gone far too soon from the world, Jorge Fernandez was a remarkable man with an extremely contagious smile and honest soul who had served his country with distinction. And this year, at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio, we are going to do our best to remember his life, celebrate who he was, and perhaps create more Jorge Fernandez’s by raising some money in his memory for a scholarship fund for San Antonio kids.
Motivated by his dedication to lead an active lifestyle, “Team Jorge” was formed to participate in this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio. The members of Team Jorge have committed themselves to creating an endowed scholarship fund for local kids at Texas Tech University’s School of Nursing the same one that Jorge graduated from. This will allow for other nursing students to carry on the Jorge’s legacy and continue telling his story; one of dedication, resilience and success.
Born in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, Jorge and his family moved often throughout Mexico and the United States before settling in San Antonio. Despite all the moves, though, his mother, Gloria Maria Mendoza, said he was always upbeat and even as a child his passion for life was his family’s guiding light. Grown up, Jorge took his passion and devotion to both others and his adopted country to another level, joining the Air Force. After surviving two tours in Iraq, Jorge returned to be the first member of his family to graduate from college. Graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s in Nursing, Jorge was one of a select few who were chosen for an internship program at Lubbock’s University Hospital. His gregarious personality, charismatic charm, sensitivity, and life experience made it easy for him to relate to his patients – especially those in the most difficulty, and he soon moved up to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital in San Antonio.
He had become a valued member of the University Hospital and was about to embark upon his next journey, marriage to his soul-mate Cyndi Mendez, who he met during his final semester of nursing school, when he was taken from us last fall at age 32. Jorge will always be remembered for putting his family first and living life to the fullest. He never gave up on his goals and approached every challenge with optimism and courage. While he left this world entirely too early, with your help his memory and legacy will continue on forever.
Please, join us in supporting Team Jorge and the Jorge Fernandez Scholarship Fund at Texas Tech by contributing here. If you are interested in fundraising for Team Jorge and participating in the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio event, please contact Cyndi Mendez at firstname.lastname@example.org. THANK YOU!
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