Fernando Guzman Ambriz, 18, of Rome, died Sunday afternoon, January 7, 2018, following an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Parnick Jennings Sr.’s Good Shepherd Funeral Home.
“Fernando just passed away. Thank you for making that kid’s dream come true. @.”
Actor Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock and currently starring in Jumanji, took time in March 2016 to visit with lifelong fan Fernando
Fernando’s battles and subsequent rallies didn’t go unnoticed.
Last February, he was among the high school students honored by The Exchange Club of Rome, having been selected as one of six students honored with the annual A.C.E. That stands for Accepting The Challenge of Excellence and it is an award of the National Exchange Club that honors high school graduating seniors who have overcome adversity and excelled in their school and community activities.
At the time, Fernando already had fought three battles with cancer that had taken one leg, one arm and a portion of one lung and he had been diagnosed with cancer in his other lung.
“This has not deterred him in his desire to finish his education with high grades and continue forward reaching out to children with disabilities to show them that giving up is not an option. He plans to continue his education, go into counseling, and with his love of sports work with students in that field, too,” according to the Exchange Club release.
Reaction from Floyd County School Board member Jay Shell, who’s district includes Coosa:
“Hated to hear the passing of our friend Fernando this afternoon. Fernando overcame adversity after adversity and always did it with a smile. He was truly an inspiration to me and to all who knew him. Rest easy, Fernando. You’ll be missed.”