Jerrick Balanza did not need to be on the court to make his presence felt for Letran.
Facing his own battle after getting diagnosed with a brain tumor, Balanza served as the Knights’ inspiration in their 99-82 win over the Arellano Chiefs last Thursday to stay hot in NCAA Season 94.
For showing tremendous strength in his own battle and serving as an inspiration for his team, the NCAA Press Corps has decided to give the Chooks-to-Go Player of the Week award to Balanza.
“Si Jerrick, hindi naman nawala sa team namin ‘yan. He’s still part of the team,” said Letran head coach Jeff Napa. “Kailangan intindihin namin ang health niya, pero ‘yung presence niya sa dugout, sa ensayo, nandun pa rin ‘yun.”
Last Friday, Balanza underwent a successful operation for the removal of the tumor in his brain. The tumor is now set for biopsy to see if it’s benign or malignant.
The operation lasted for four and a half hours and the lanky swingman is now recovering.
“We wish and pray for nothing but the best for Balanza,” said head coach Boyet Fernandez of archrival San Beda. “It’s unfortunate and we wish for his fast recovery.”
While his operation was successful, Balanza is still in need of assistance to ease off his financial obligations due to his treatment.
For those who wish to donate, here are the details: Bank: BDO Intramuros
Account Name: Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Inc. Account Number: 4500003129
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