Accomplished comedians Frank Lucero, Dennis Gaxiola join Isaac’s fight

A young Colusa boy’s fight against cancer continues, and he now has a pair of accomplished stand-up comedians in his corner.

Frank Lucero and Dennis Gaxiola, who have previously teamed up on the Crown Royal Latin Kings of Comedy Tour with Paul Rodriguez, are headlining a fundraiser for Isaac Franco, which will be held at the Rocco’s Bar & Grill Banquet Room on Saturday, April 21.

Franco, now three years old, has been battling since he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia just two weeks before his second birthday. Things have been going pretty well for Isaac recently: his cancer remains in remission, and he is able to do many of the kinds of things every three-year-old should, like hunt Easter eggs with his family. Even so, life is still a daily fight for young Franco and his family. While his regular chemotherapy treatments in Sacramento are keeping his cancer at bay, they also leave his immune system compromised. Sometimes that means unexpected, multiple night visits to the emergency room at UC Davis Medical Center. It also means going to see a specialist for something as simple as dental work – as was the case last week. 

With medical costs adding up, a family member – Elvira Gutierrez – realized that Franco’s mother and father needed some financial help. It just so happened that another family member – Lucero – was in the comedy business. When Lucero, who was born and raised in Colusa and now lives in the Los Angeles area, got a call from Gutierrez, he jumped at the opportunity to put on a show in his hometown, for a good cause. 

“Ellie called me and I thought she was going to ask me for advice. She called and told me that she had this idea to put on a comedy show,” said Lucero. “Then she told me that she wanted me to be the headliner.”

It was a no-brainer for Lucero, who told Gutierrez he would do anything he could to help the family. 

“We really want to emphasize that it’s coming for a good cause, and coming for Isaac,” said Lucero. “When you think about what Isaac is going through… It really shows you something. Kids are so resilient. I wish I had that courage. I know he is only three years old, but he’s been through a lot and seen a lot… I’m just honored that my show would go to such a good cause.”

After committing to the show, Lucero contacted of Gaxiola and asked him to come along. Gaxiola graciously accepted. 

“I was excited when Dennis said yes,” Lucero said.

Lucero was at Rocco’s on Friday checking out the banquet hall, and said that he anticipated the show would be a fun and intimate one. 

“You can’t get any closer, that’s what’s great about it,” Lucero said. “You’re right there – it’s going to be intimate, raw, and in your face. It’s going to be exciting.”

The “#FightLikeIsaac Comedy for a Cause” show with Lucero and Gaxiola kicks off at 8 PM on Saturday, April 21, at the Rocco’s Banquet Hall. Doors open at 7 PM. The event is for adults ages 21 and older. A DJ will be playing music after the comedy show, from 10 PM to 12 AM. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased at www.elviragphotography.com under the ‘Comedy Show Ticket’ link. Seating is limited, and tickets are selling fast. In the event someone can’t get a ticket, Lucero encouraged them to stop by and drop off a donation for Franco.

“Every little bit helps,” Lucero said. ■

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net