Del Valle High helps make El Paso-area teen’s wish come true

Nathaniel Cortez. (KTSM)
Nathaniel Cortez. (KTSM)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A 14-year-old boy with kidney failure got quite the surprise Thursday afternoon from a school and district he doesn’t belong to. It was a party that was part of his Make-A-Wish.

Nathaniel Cortez, a student at Clint Middle School, played as a quarterback for the school until he was diagnosed with ANCA-Positive Vasculitis, an illness causing kidney failure.

His wish is to see a Dallas Cowboys game live and meet Dak Prescott.

“He is very full of energy and he just loves sports, he has always been a Cowboys fan,” sad Nancy Cortez, Nathaniel’s mom. She says Nathaniel is currently on dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant and therefore is no longer allowed to play football.

Del Valle High School Football Coach Jesse Perales tells KTSM his football team organized a tailgate cookout for Nathaniel, where YISD staff, as well as Clint ISD members, were present.

“I wanted him to meet our football team, get excited, give him a couple of gifts and send him off,” said Perales. “When the ‘Make-A-Wish’ foundation contacted us and told me he loved football and was going to meet Dak Prescott, I said, well I love football and I love Dak Prescott. I think we will mesh well together.”

Nathaniel and his family will go to Dallas through Make-A-Wish later this month. They’ll also get to visit the Cowboy’s training facility.


Del Valle High School Football Coach Jesse Perales with Nathaniel Cortez. (KTSM)
Del Valle High School Football Coach Jesse Perales with Nathaniel Cortez. (KTSM) provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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