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Zach's Defensive Line Against Osteosarcoma
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Just over 2 years ago, Zach found out that he was faced with a rare bone cancer, osteosarcoma. Zach is now almost 19 years old and has found out that the tumors have returned. After numerous rounds of chemo and surgeries, his body can no longer take anymore chemo. He will be doing immunotherapy.
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anonymous
When Zach was released from the hospital after having amputation surgery, instead of going home he went straight to his buddy Nick's, who was fighting the same battle as Zach to give his love and support. Zach told Nick he was going to raise awareness for childhood cancer, in his honor.  Many people spend their whole lives hoping to make a difference. Zach isn't quite 19 yet but he has already done it.  He has made such an impact on so many lives. He is an inspiration. He is brave, kind, caring, and tough but gentle. It is an honor to have been given the opportunity to pray for him and follow his journey by his wonderful mom, family, and friends.
+61 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Pam Bauckman 350 points
Zach is amazing! He's such a tough kid and a fighter! This osteosarcoma is brutal; it is taking our children. Zach has so much to give and he's already given so much! <3
+37 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Zach is such a deserving young man, he has fought so hard, please give him the opportunity to raise awareness for childhood cancer like he wants to do.
+34 votes
Apr 12, 2016
ShannonArellano 350 points
Love you Kiddo~  Keep fighting!
+24 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Zach has been through so much and I hope he wins!  Truly deserved for his bravery and kindness to others.  Continued prayers for Zach.
+22 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
VOTE FOR ZACH! What an amazing kid.
+20 votes
Apr 12, 2016
kinker75 350 points
Keep up the goof fight Zach!!!  Your army is fighting with you!!
+18 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Diwanna Zapalac 1,390 points
Zach is such a fighter! I have followed him for about 2 years now. I started following him through his friend Nick! I watched he and his friends stand by Nick and ease him through his journey! If everyone could have courage like this! But now seeing Zach in so much pain breaks my heart! Daily I send love , prayers and positive thoughts to Zach and his family! Ellen, he is so deserving of being recognized. Thank you for all your help and love for everyone!  <3
+18 votes
Apr 12, 2016
alvarado05 390 points
I have had the honor to followed Zach's journey as he fights this battle, thanks to his mother & family for updating his FB page.  He has been there with & watched other warriors/friends being taken over by this horrible disease. Yet, he still continues to fight his own battle with all his might. This is an amazing young man that seems to always try to find the good in things & smile through his pain even though his  battle seems to get harder & more painful each day . This is a very unique and deserving young man that puts, others before himself and I would love to see him win. Please pray & vote for Zach
+17 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Deanna Elliott
Zach is an incredible kid...This warrior has blown me away in so many ways. The battle to fight osteosarcoma is difficult enough, and to remain optimistic and hopeful through it all is another great accomplishment, but Zach has gone ABOVE AND BEYOND that. Zach had a friend named Nick, who also had osteosarcoma, and has sadly passed away. During the time Nick was in his last days, Zach was having his arm amputated from the cancer. On Zachs way home from the hospital he stopped to visit Nick, and be with him as he was battling on. Nick always wanted his visitors to hold his hand on his heart....and during Zachs own personal difficulties, he stopped to be with Nick as he lay dying, holding his hand and feeling his heart beat. For a young man, a football player who has been sidelined, to be so compassionate, so generous, so gentle and so loving...its something to really celebrate. Zach is a hero, he is an example of what the world needs to be....His story is one that needs to be heard. Keep up the fight, Zach! You've got this, and God has you!
+17 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Traci :)
This kiddo has Amazing fight in him... he has no give up in him... such a great story and an Awesome young man <3
+16 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Zach has been through so much but still comes out fighting! And that smile! I have been a Zach fan for a couple of years now. I send him and his family love, happy thoughts and prayers! And I share, hoping he will get all the help he needs. Ellen, you could help so much! Thanks for ALL the lives that you help with!!  <3
+16 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Zach is such an inspiration to so many....I would LOVE to see Zach have the opportunity to spread the word of this awful disease that is taking the lives of so many children...keep on fighting ZACH !!
+15 votes
Apr 12, 2016
wpb4968 1,110 points
I have followed Zachs story for a while now.  He is such an inspirational young man and a real fighter.  I love how much he cares for others that are fighting the battle and how he wants to raise awareness.  I hope Ellen gives him the opportunity to do so.  Lots of love for this brave young man and his family as he continues to fight!!!
+14 votes
Apr 12, 2016
dhelferich 340 points
Please please vote for Zach!  Thank you to his wonderful friend Jazzy!
+14 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Keep fighting Zach. You're a warrior!
+14 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Lori Hunter Colburn 340 points
Zach, while not only fighting cancer, supported his friend that Nick who was also fighting then lost his unbelievable fight. My niece who is 13, is also terminal with Osteosarcoma is fighting with everything she has. I have followed both of these boys and their friends. This is a rare cancer that needs to be shown to the world and stopped. It is taking to many of our loved ones. We are with you Zach!
+14 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Happy247 350 points
I have been praying for this young man pretty much since he was diagnosed. I think he is an amazing young man. Love you kid..
+13 votes
Apr 12, 2016
bethaneyb 350 points
Zach's courage and bravery while fighting this horrible disease have been an inspiration to so many. He is so very deserving of this opportunity. VOTE FOR ZACH!!!!
+13 votes
Apr 12, 2016
shannon evans
voting for zach!
+13 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Vote for Zach !!!!!!!!!!
+12 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Lisa
Hoping you're feeling better, Zach!
+12 votes
Apr 12, 2016
J
Zach is a warrior!  He is representing all of the kids who fight the awful beast!
+12 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Ktowers 350 points
I started following Zach after following Nick. Zach has a spirit that amazes me, and I admire his strength. Please allow Zach to spread awareness of this horrible disease. To Zach... Keep fighting.. You have so many people cheering and praying for you!
+12 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Bernadette OsteoMomma
Love this boy!! His spirit and love us beautiful
+12 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Keep fighting champ.  Praying for you everyday!
+12 votes
Apr 12, 2016
SNW 350 points
Zach and his whole family are spreading so much awareness about childhood cancer. Less than 4% funding fro childhood cancer from the NCI is deplorable and the Irelan family is taking it upon themselves to teach people and change so many things.
+12 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Beulah 340 points
Prayers daily for Zach, keep up the good fight~
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Prayers for Zach always.  Fellow osteo family.
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
patriciav 420 points
i have watched him and his friends fight this brave fight , some have not made it , he is the bravest people and deserves all the happiness he can get,he has been through more than any person  should have to go through :) <3
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Kadie901 350 points
Please vote for Zach, an amazing warrior with an amazing love for those around him
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
1957Gal 340 points
An amazing young man!
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Cally
Zach is an amazing young man. I have been following him since I saw what an awesome, thoughtful and giving friend he was to Nick. He was going through a battle of his own but he put all of that aside to make Nicks last few months the best ever. Now it is time to return that to Zach while he battles and WINS the fight against cancer. He deserves ALL good things and who is better than Ellen?
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Alwysbelieve4 350 points
Keeping fighting Zach!!! You have the strengh and courage that so few have!! You got this!!
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
<3 <3 <3
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Keep fighting Zach
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
SharonB 350 points
Zach is amazing and so deserving of some good things !!!!
+11 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Debbie
Praying for you Zach.
+10 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Becky Sanchez Bradle 350 points
Bring awareness Zach! So proud of you
+10 votes
Apr 12, 2016
mistify 350 points
Your've got this Zach :)
+10 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Zach's story popped up on my Facebook a few months ago and I've been following ever since. His strength amazes me. Even when he's feeling awful, he somehow manages to put a smile on his face. He deserves this!!
+10 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Laurellinn79 350 points
This young man defines bravery. There is much we can learn from him. Just keep swimming :)
+10 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
I have followed nicks story which led me to zachs story. Let's keep fighting.
+10 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Janegong 350 points
Sending some big love from Australia for my mate, Zach! Xo
+10 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Such an amazing man keep fighting
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Keep fighting! ❤️
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Zach deserves to be given a chance to help raise awareness of childhood cancer. Vote for him please!!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
GrandTheftAnnie 340 points
I found Zach through Nick's Army, Jeremy, and Jazzy. Ever since then I've kept him in my heart and prayers. Zach is an amazing young man full of courage and strength. He has already made such an impact, it'd be awesome to see him bring even more awareness to the world. My sweet cousin lost her 3 year battle with Osteosarcoma a week after her 18th Birthday and until her last breath she had so much will to stay positive and continue healing and I believe that's why I feel a connection with Zach. He does not give up! Prayers always, Zach. I'm honored to be a part of your army. <3
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Cara P 330 points
Jazzy, you're amazing for making this happen for Zach! Keep kicking this monster's **** buddy! You're indredible!!!!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Linda Page
Please vote for Zach.  He is so deserving.  He is a true warrior who never gives up.  His strength and courage amaze me.  He has a huge army behind him praying for him. He is loved by so many.
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
patriciarenee20 330 points
Most amazing child ever.
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
godsgood 350 points
I love this young man & his incredible Momma!!! He is #Gangsta in the way he battles this disease!!! We love you in Delaware #ZachsDefensiveLineAgainstOsteosarcoma
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
vote for this amazing kid!  So positive and such a fighter!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Barbxe 330 points
Zach has been through so much, he deserves whatever this life has to give, and then some
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Zach is inspiring...from the moment he started fighting his cancer through supporting a close friend and being there while he was dying.   He deserves this help
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
This kid got my heart the first time I heard his story.. Such a brave young man. He is the epidemy of grace and courage. Xoxo
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
rondawiggins 330 points
I started following Zach's story through Nick's Story. Zach's strength not only for his own cancer struggles, but as well as his friends struggles and death is unmeasurable. He has lost so much yet continues to focus on what he has. If only more people in the world could stop for a moment and grasp the importance of the little things in life.
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Vote for Zach!!  He deserves it!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
We love Zach.  Please help this warrior kid out!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Zach hang in there... you are loved by many. Such a strong loving guy. I have been following you since you got out of the hospital and went straight to Nick's bedside you are a true angel. God Bless you Zach
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
kokenget 370 points
Go Zach!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Go Zach!! You are a fighter!!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Dawnabela 330 points
I have been following Zach from day one. I am overwhelmed by his courage and tenacity to fight this battle every day and still manage to smile. His spirit is magnetic his heart the size of the universe. I pray a miracle will happen for him. I have grown to love this kid as if my own. Mom is such an inspiration and so supportive of Zach nobody deserve this more. We need to create awareness. We need to do more
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Vote
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Been following Zach from the beginning...he's such an amazing individual never giving up. He's lost so much and yet stays humble if anyone deserves anything he is the one! Keep fighting Zach!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
tafrocousin 320 points
i still don't see a "vote" button......
sending love from NJ
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Julie Simons 320 points
Zach is such a wonderful guy fighting this Cancer with such Grace and Dignity and always worry about somebody else and how they feel when they are sick please choose this Young Man so he can Accomplish what he has set out to do and that is bring this Cancer to Awareness so that they can Hopefully someday have a cure for all these kids that suffer from it GOD BLESS YOU ZACH!!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Luci
This young man deserves all the love from everyone! They all do! Through this all, I watch him still help his family at home! What a kid! We are with you!  Fight on my friend!
Choya17 330 points
My son died at 17 from acute myeloid leukaemia.  I think Zach is an awesome person trying to raise awareness of childhood cancer while he is fighting so hard
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Lisa Sampere 1,070 points
Auntie loves you boo.
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Jazmine Ramos 340 points
I love you Zach, I wrote Ellen to bring your amazing fight to others and to bring awareness for childhood cancer. You know me for me and I couldn't ask for anything else in the world, I'm not alone, you are not alone. ❤️ Much love.
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Zach!  You are an inspiration!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Azmumoftwo 330 points
Zach is such a great kid!  He deserves this more than anyone else on this planet!  We need more awareness about osteosarcoma...more education, more ways to help....and much more than anything, a CURE!  After watching both Zach and Nick fight (and the courage they both had/have), their armies need to see a blessing...FOR THEM!  We love you Zach!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
jmorrison 330 points
Although he has been in a lot of pain recently, he still thinks of his family.  Recently when his older sister was sick with the flu, he rubbed her back to make her feel better.  When his pain was bad during the night and his mother came to him to help, he apologized to her for waking her up.  Please help him.
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Peachy1 320 points
ZacH  is my friend's cousin     My heart is overwhelmed and it's hard to know where to start but I can say he is the bravest and although he's going through all this even after amputation and stem cell treatment and more  remains philanthropic towards others!  He is ambitious about his sports and just living life even with a smile   I don't know how long we have with zach  on this earth  but please Ellen and staff his beyond incredible and hear his story     And how such a young person can be a role model to us and showing us the true meaning of living life and fighting the biggest adversity    His mother is also very kind and strong    It's a very close family and he has a large support team but some days I wonder if Zach is actually supporting us with his wonderful attitude.   As ill as he is ,he is following in the footsteps of my deceased brother who left us the legacy of his award winning spiritual book enjoy every sandwich and that is what Zach is doing,  me and your fine attempt to enjoy every part of his life with acceptance an incredible grace for someone so young     So I bet you strongly to consider to give him this pleasure of being on your incredible show a show that inspires us all and makes us laugh    Tnx kinky, Amy Lipsenthal, NJ
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Just an amazingly strong kid.
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Keep up the good fight Zach. You're in our thoughts and prayers!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Robin A
Go Zachary...you deserve to share your story and fight!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Please let Zach on your show!!! Help him spread awareness of his cancer, which is exactly what I plan to do too. So ladies go get a pap smear it might save your life cervical cancer is no joke!! One little pap smear could save  your life. But let's help Zach as well and help cure all cancers!!!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Vote Zach!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
Vote for Zac!
+9 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
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+8 votes
Apr 12, 2016
anonymous
He's such a warrior and string person for such a young person he deserves to be pampered and have some fun in his turbulent life go Ellen you can get Zach on
+8 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Erika Bourg 310 points
What brave , strong and amazing children who have to fight this fight. My love and prayers are with Zach and his family
+8 votes
Apr 13, 2016
Tiffani Jayne Stern 320 points
Keep fighting Zach! You've got this!
+8 votes
Apr 13, 2016
Laura Jimenez 1,120 points
I just love this family and am so inspired by Zach for battling this monster called cancer face on. He is such a warrior and doesnt give up. He is in it to win it! And his amazing mother is there holding his hand every step of the way. We are standing behind you Zach every step of the way and will do whatever we can to help you all out. Xoxoxoxo  #cancersucks
+7 votes
Apr 12, 2016
Cathy
Zach was there when his friend Nick lay dying a year ago Christmas. Now he is battling harder than he has ever had to battle and he has had a long fight. Zach (and his friend Nick) have humbled so many of us the last several years and made our hearts burst with love and pride. Thank you for voting for him.
+7 votes
Apr 13, 2016
afish85303 290 points
The Fish family is here for you Zach (keep fighting mijo).  We love you!
+7 votes
Apr 13, 2016
raleyclub 280 points
I can't figure out how to vote!  Can someone please advise??  No vote button.  Zach certainly deserves it.  What a great example he is.
+7 votes
Apr 14, 2016
Diwanna Zapalac 1,390 points
You vote with 1 click at top left hand side. Then go to each comment and click on green arrow. It will say you voted up.  This adds points to every comment and that counts. Hope this helps!
anonymous
Zachary is not only a strong kid but he also an amazing kid.  His fight has been long and hard but he thinks more of others than himself.
+7 votes
Apr 14, 2016
dwlandscape72248 1,270 points
Zach is an amazing young man,Please give him the chance to bring more awareness to childhood cancer! #MoreThan4
+6 votes
Apr 13, 2016
eyzeiyah 270 points
always, always praying for you! I just saw the new post and my heart breaks for you! without personally knowing you all, you have made such an impact on our lives, Love you guys!
+6 votes
Apr 14, 2016
Diwanna Zapalac 1,390 points
Zach is not doing well right now! He and his mom need all the love and support that we can give them! Please send them love and prayers! And any donations help also! Thanks
+5 votes
Apr 15, 2016
Norma Jean 230 points
Zach is 1 tough Warrior and has come a long way...He still has a lot of fight in him and a ways to go....I Pray for him each and every day....He has a wonderful family who is backing him 1000%.....He was Nicks friend till the end and  now is fighting his own Battle...Please give him the time to raise awareness for childhood cancer...Please Vote Today.....Love You Zach.....
+4 votes
Apr 15, 2016
anonymous
Love to Zach.  We are all praying for you.
+4 votes
Apr 15, 2016
anonymous
PRAYERS FOR ZACH!
+4 votes
Apr 15, 2016
anonymous
This kid has been through more, in his 19 years, than most of us have been through in a lifetime! He wants to spread the word about childhood cancer! He is truly a hero to me!
+4 votes
Apr 15, 2016
anonymous
One incredibly brave and awesome young man.
+4 votes
Apr 15, 2016
Katy Hyams Lyons 1,160 points
So proud of Zach! He is fighting as hard as he can, and his desire to raise awareness is awe inspiring! Please help him win this chance........while he still can. He has recently been released from the hospital into hospice care at home.
+3 votes
Apr 15, 2016
anonymous
Keep fighting!
+3 votes
Apr 16, 2016
kellyj120 210 points
Zach is so deserving of this.  Please, please, please allow Zach and his story to spread awareness to this awful disease that is taking his life and has taken and will take so many more young lives.   He has fought so hard, not only for himself, but for other kids with Osteosarcoma.  Please let this be a wish come true for him.  This will be his last chance to have an awesome impact on spreading awareness.   This is what he has fought so hard for.   Thank you!
+2 votes
Apr 20, 2016
Ashley Casas 190 points
Sending lots of prayers your way Zach!!
+2 votes
Apr 21, 2016
ixixxi 160 points
Keep fighting Zach, you are an amazing young man.
0 votes
May 1, 2016
anonymous
REST IN PEACE ZACH 6/4/2016 YOU ARE AND FOREVER WILL STAY AN AMAZING YOUNG MAN, GOD SPEED!
0 votes
Jun 13, 2016
Keli R 110 points
That was my post above, didn't realize I was not signed in. Sending Deepest Condolences to Zach Mom Marlo and the rest of his Family Posted on his page: Here is the information of the celebration of Zach's Life! June 17th, 2016 at 6:45pm. It will be held on the Football field at Independence High School located on 6602 N. 7th Ave Glendale AZ 85303.
"ZACH'S wish was for everyone attending to wear Bob Marley shirts"