Summer 2024

Olympian Kerri Walsh-Jennings becomes 'Jacob’s Angel' in youth’s cancer battle

U.S.A. gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings has spent her career dominating the volleyball court with a teammate, now she wants you to join her in helping a young man battle a rare form of cancer.

Walsh-Jennings, 38, sent an Instagram post on August 3rd with Jacob Conde, who is battling Ewing’s Saracoma.

In the four-picture post, Jacob Conde is wearing Walsh-Jennings three gold and one bronze medals. He’s joined in several photos with his mom, Stephanie Conde and father Roger Conde.

Walsh-Jennings asks for prayers and financial support for Jacob in the post that has drawn over 10,500 likes.

“Hello world! I have a favor to ask … PLEASE take some time today (or daily) & keep Jacob and his sweet family in your prayers. 
He is a beautiful boy with a beautiful family and he could use prayers for healing, prayers for a miracle, support in spreading the word about his rare form of cancer and ALL the pure, positive, blessed vibes you can send his way. 
My Babes and I were absolutely honored to spend some time with Jacob, his brother Lucas, and his parents Stephanie and Roger, yesterday. It was such a gift & I will forever treasure the experience and the enduring love and inspiration. 
Please read Jacob’s story below. Miracles happen every single day. I KNOW that Jacob is in the very best hands my prayer is that those hands heal Jacob and strengthen his spirit for the journey (that of his family too!). “Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles, we just have to notice them.”

In March of 2015, Jacob experienced pain in his thigh. His father thought it was only a muscle pull since he just played flag football, but it was much worse. After meeting with an orthopedic doctor, Jacob was sent a Children’s Hospital for further tests where the cancer was discovered.

Ewing’s Saracoma is a pediatric bone cancer that grows in your bones or the soft tissue around your bones, such as cartilage or the nerves, according to WebMD.

Conde, 11, has been battling the cancer for more than two years, according to The Beach Reporter.

Walsh-Jennings’ post is just one of the many ways Roger and Stephanie Conde are hoping to bring more awareness to the disease. Over the weekend, Chris Cordoba, a family friend, named his girl’s sponsored team Jacob’s Angel’s, during the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament in Manhattan Beach, California.

For more information on Jacob, visit his Facebook page “Jacob’s Journey ~ Sarcoma Sucks!”