Jacobs' greatest games
Last Tuesday, PBA Hall of Famer and legendary American basketball coach Ron Jacobs turned 69. He received visitors in his Makati condominium unit although still unable to speak and walk after suffering a stroke 10 years ago.
Jacobs is bedridden but cared for with love and devotion by his wife Menen. Despite his disability, Jacobs is well-nourished and looked after. His hair is regularly cut with no white speck visible. Jacobs continues to be supported by San Miguel Corp. chairman Eduardo (Danding) Cojuangco Jr. and president Ramon Ang who provide the necessary resources to give him round-the-clock professional care. Without the backing of Cojuangco and Ang, Menen said she wouldn’t know how to sustain Jacobs’ life and is forever grateful to his benefactors.
There is some disfigurement in Jacobs’ body because of atrophy even as he undergoes daily therapy. But his mind is alive and for every breath that he takes, Menen has hope that someday, with God’s help, he will recover.
On his birthday, Jacobs’ visitors included Rep. Henry Cojuangco (1st District, Tarlac), Joseph Uichico and wife Cathy, Allan Caidic and wife Milotte, Binky Favis and wife Ella, Juno Sauler and wife Agnes, Danny Ildefonso and wife Ren, Atoy Co and wife Monette, Samboy Lim, Olsen Racela, Siot Tanquingcen, Art de la Cruz and Hector Calma.
“Coach Ron looked good and was happy to see old friends,” said Uichico. “He stayed in bed. We went to his room two or three at a time and he recognized us. His hair was just cut and he was well-groomed.”