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San Antonio mom honors son who battled spina bifida with 5K

SAN ANTONIO – With an infectious character and love for all times, Tammy Nettles stated her son, Jay Angel Perez, touched everybody he got here throughout.

“He was just a very happy, loving person that loved everybody that he met,” stated Nettles. “He was kind. He was caring, generous with his heart.”

Perez lived life to the fullest and liked to play and watch sports activities. His room remains to be adorned wall-to-wall with posters, memorabilia and recollections.

“The Spurs, Arkansas Razorbacks, the Astros, the Cowboys of course. He never missed a game,” stated Nettles. “He participated in Special Olympics and junior wheelchair sports all over the United States when he was younger.”

It’s that love of life and sports activities that prompted Nettles to honor her son. She organized Jay’s 5K to boost consciousness and funds for kids with spina bifida.

The occasion will likely be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Texas Ski Ranch in New Braunfels. Nettles stated it’s the primary time there was an occasion like this within the San Antonio space to help these households.


Perez was born and lived all his life with probably the most extreme type of spina bifida, a neural tube defect that happens when the backbone and spinal twine don’t type correctly in the course of the early phases of being pregnant.

“I did not know I was going to have a child with spina bifida until he was born,” stated Nettles. “He had his first surgery when he was only three hours old.”

Perez died in January 2021. He would have turned 39-years-old on Saturday, the day of the 5K.

Nettles is a registered nurse who took care of her son all his life. She stated most individuals with spina bifida don’t stay previous the age of 40.

“My son passed short of his 38th birthday. I want to help the other children to surpass that and get the help that they need,” she stated. “His legacy will continue and that’s the purpose of this.”

Nettles is assured Jay goes to be pushing her towards the end line to succeed in that objective to assist different households with the identical beginning defect.


“He would be right in the middle of all of it,” stated Nettles. “I think Jay’s up there cheering me on and making things happen.”

Click here for more information on Saturday’s Jay’s 5k Run Walk and Roll.

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