As you may or may not know, our son Zachary has been very ill since early October 2021. He was first taken to Cleveland Clinic and then transported to Joe DiMaggio. He was diagnosed with a chronic case of the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), Strep and Aplastic Anemia. We were able to take him home, so long as we brought him back every couple of days for more transfusions. However, on October 28th, he began coughing up blood nonstop. This is when I rushed him to the emergency room at Joe DiMaggio Children’s hospital where he was being treated. His platelets had dropped to 1K and his fever skyrocketed. We have been living in the hospital ever since. His immune system is shot. The bone marrow is not producing any neutrophils, which are needed to fight off infections. Because of this, he developed a fungal infection and had to undergo emergency surgery to have a piece of his nose removed in order to prevent it from spreading. He was then placed on more medication, which caused him to develop neuropathy pain in his left foot (side effect). The pain he is experiencing from it is excruciating and he is having to take Oxy almost every 6 hours. He also has not been able to eat well, so they placed him on a feeding tube. He is now preparing for a bone marrow transplant while still fighting off infections and bacteria with no immune system defenses.
We spent Thanksgiving 2021 in South Florida and will more than likely be spending Christmas at The University of Miami hospital/medical center where they will be conducting chemo and then the transplant.
This has been very difficult for Zach and us. However, he keeps on fighting and we are keeping our faith.
Join us on Sunday February 20, 2022 at Vista View Park in the Run 3 For Zachary 5K. The 5K is a chipped timed event. Each participant will receive a custom race bib with RFID timing chip, event shirt, and beautiful finisher medal. Awards will be provided to Top 3 (Male and Female) Overall, Masters, Senior Masters, and Age Groups. Age Groups are as follows: 1-8; 9-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80+. Proceeds from the event will help Zachary and his family with their medical bills.
Event details and schedule
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Pre-Race Packet Pickup
Friday February 18, 2022
Location and Time - COMING SOON
Run 3 For Zachary 5K
Sunday February 20, 2022
Vista View Park
4001 SW 142nd Ave
Davie, FL 33330
6:45am - Park Opens
Registration and Packet Pickup Open
7:00am - Music and Entertainment begin
7:30am - Warm-Up session, hosted by Orangetheory Fitness
7:55am - Announcements and National Anthem
8:00am - Start of the Run 3 For Zachary 5K
9:15am - Awards Ceremony