CaringBridge Is Funded by People Like You

Make a donation to CaringBridge

Honor Zachary with a tax-deductible contribution to CaringBridge today.

Click here to make your donation.

Zachary’s Story

Zachary received the gift of a new heart on February 19, 2011.  His journey for the last 10+ years has been challenging.  He is an incredible, inspirational young man.

February 2001: 
Diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL)

May 2007: 
Diagnosed with treatment related Leukemia (AML)

August 2007: 
Bone Marrow Transplant

February 2011: 
Heart Transplant

Lord, We pray that no more will be added to this list. We give thanks for hope, faith, and love.  Amen.

Latest Journal Update

Wow! It's May!

First, Happy Mother's Day!

Second, I can't believe it was March when I posted last.  Zachary was busy the last time I wrote with his interview for Channel 5 for the Runway for Life event.  I just spent a good amount of time looking for the link for the interview, and I can't find it.  I'll look again another time.  Zachary really likes doing PR work to help out, and in this case it was our local support group Families of Children with Cancer, Inc.  Unfortunately, Zach did not participate in the Runway for Life event.  He was not feeling good, and there'll be more on that in a moment.  I'm going to keep the sequencing on target.  

At the end of March, Zachary has his monthly IVIG done at St. Vincent Hospital, and that went well.  He participated in a Fairy House Workshop at the Navarino Nature Center.  He has done a couple painting classes there, and he really enjoyed creating and decorating the house.  I know, I should have a picture, but that'll have to be another time too.  It's a good thing summer is almost here!

In April, Zachary went to Relay for Life at Pulaski.  We did not participate as a team, but Zach & I joined the fun with Lexi's team.  Plus Zachary loves adding to his collection of purple survivor shirts.  On April 22, Zachary had his monthly IVIG done at St. Vincent hospital, but this time, he wasn't feeling the best.  The chest x-ray showed pneumonia, and Zachary was put on a 10 day course of a kidney friendly antibiotic.  When he was almost done with this antibiotic, Zach had a follow up appointment with his local doctor, and she kept him on the antibiotic for even longer.  Zach's chest x-ray was better, but he still had a cough.  At this time, we were getting close to the Runway for Life event, and we pulled Zach out of the show.  That would've been too much.  

Now for May-Zachary is feeling better, but he woke up with a high fever last Thursday, and you guessed it, his antibiotic was extended.  This pneumonia is a bugger!  Zachary saw his surgeon last week too.  Zach's arm has been pretty puffy at his site for dialysis, and his hand gets puffy too.  We wanted to make sure that nothing was wrong with his fistula, and it's all good.

We are getting ready for Zachary's graduation party.  I had trouble with linking the invitation, so I have it in his photos (front & back of the invite).  We hope you are able to join us, and if you'd like to help out, please bring a dish to pass.  It's not required, but many have asked.  Zachary will be giving tours of his LEGO City at 4 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm.  Our neighbors along with their families are helping out by cooking up booyah.  A HUGE thank you for the Reynolds and Crew!

Now about Tim!  Tim had an opportunity to be a senior model, and he got some pictures taken already.  The photographer is Kathleen Caylor, and she's the same awesome photographer that did Zachary's senior pictures.  Check out the link for that!  I hope that link works too!  I have business cards if anyone is interested.  We highly recommend her.

That's all for now!  Thanks for being patient Zman Fans!  


5 people hearted this



Kaitie Duhm
Hey Zach,
I hope everything is going all right... It worried me that you guys didnt post in a while but I am glad you are getting better. If you want someone to talk to or anything at all just let me know. Kaitie Duhm
Mary Rice
By Rick and Mary Rice
Thank you so much for the update. Is there a date set for Zach's graduation party? LEGO tours, which will be great fun. Will also talk with Karen to see if we can coordinate something. So happy to hear Tim is doing well and know all of you are looking forward to summer. Take care. Love and prayers,
1 person hearted this