Teen dies of cancer weeks after special graduation ceremony at Gustine High

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

GUSTINE, Calif. (KFSN) — Hearts are heavy in Gustine tonight and across the Valley over the passing of a brave cancer fighter.

Action News brought you the story of Brian Ortiz when Gustine High School hosted a special, early graduation for him in April as he fought the disease.

Tonight we’ve learned, Brian died this morning.

The 17-year-old was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive liver cancer, last September.

The family’s GoFundMe page says the cancer was no longer responding to therapies.

But even after 10 months of brutal treatments, hospital stays, and pain, he never complained.

His family is raising money to cover funeral expenses.

If you’d like to contribute, click here.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.