Monday, March 15, 2010

Zach's Story

Age 13

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital

July 18, 2008 was supposed to be a big day for Zach—he was going to pitch for the West Valley All Stars Baseball Team in the District Championship game.

Instead, it was a life-changing day. A visit to the ER to check out a fever and stomach pains ended with a leukemia diagnosis.

Zach immediately began treatment at St. Luke’s Children’s hospital, which included ultrasounds, chemotherapy, spinal taps and radiation. While out of school for treatments, Zach was able to stay up with his schoolwork, even participating in science labs via computer, and received a 4.0 GPA for the year. His body responded well to treatments and he is now in the maintenance phase, getting closer to being cancer-free every day.

Zach, 13, is skiing, backpacking and camping with his family, and, most importantly, he is back to playing baseball.

Zach’s mother attributes his success to him being a fighter. “Zach has always kept a positive outlook on the whole situation.”

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