Meet Zach, a forever 18 year old osteosarcoma warrior. Zach was a compassionate and loving soul with a passion for living life to the fullest.
In 2009, Zach went on a run with his sister after a lazy summer. When he came home, he was complaining of a sore hip. His mother, Laura said if it persisted, they’d go to the doctor. After a few weeks, the pain was still there so Zach and his mom went to the doctor. The doctor had an x-ray performed, ruled out anything major and sent him home. After the pain got worse, Laura decided to take him back to the doctor where an MRI was ordered. Zach’s parents, Laura and Rob both accompanied him to the MRI where they found out that he had a tumor. The doctor wasn’t completely sure what type of tumor and said it could be one of three possibilities – lymphoma, fibrous dysplasia or osteosarcoma. “Osteosarcoma is the worst of the three,” Rob said, in the book, “Clouds, a memoir.”
Zach was officially diagnosed after a biopsy was performed. The doctor confirmed Laura and Rob’s worst fears, osteosarcoma. “The words hit me with the percussion of a bomb; I couldn’t breathe and my ears rang. As much as I had prepared myself to hear those words, I wasn’t ready for their impact” remembers Laura.