Jacob Munoz, the Whataburger hometown hero, accepting his 5k scholarship from the Whataburger staff visiting Cain. Photo by: Zoe Rivers

On Friday, Sep. 27, Whataburger presented Jacob Munoz and his brother Christian with a scholarship. Jacob, currently a senior at Klein Cain, was diagnosed with leukemia for the first time in January 2015. Now, at the age of 17, he has beaten the disease a total of two times.

In 2017, he celebrated being cancer-free, returning to play football his junior year. It was at the end of that season that he discovered that his leukemia was back. Christian stepped up to the plate to donate bone marrow, helping Jacob become cancer-free once again.

“Today we are here to present Jacob Munoz and his brother with college scholarships, as part of our Whataburger hometown heroes,” Elizabeth Higgins said. She’s part of the community experience team with Whataburger. “We are trying to help support their continued educational efforts.”
 
Jacob Munoz after he received the five thousand dollar check from Whataburger. Photo by: Zoe Rivers

The Hometown Heroes program helps to highlight the unrecognized heroes in our communities. They selected him for his rigor in the fight against cancer, along with his dedication to his passions. Christian was selected for his dedication to helping his brother through his rigorous fight against cancer. The scholarship being given to them is intended to help pay for some of their college education, allowing them to thrive in higher education.

 
Varsity football team at Klein Cain opening their gifts from Whataburger after Jacob accepted his scholarship. Photo by: Zoe Rivers

“We documented Jacob as part of our hometown heroes,” Higgins said. “We were there to film him as he walked back onto the football field and helped to document his incredible journey. In addition to that, we wanted to help the continued education of both him and his brother.”