When Make-A-Wish® first met Zack in June 2005, he was just five years old and battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that causes tumors in muscles and can occur in many places of the body. Enduring more medical procedures than some people know in their lifetime, having a wish granted was a welcome distraction. This young dinosaur enthusiast knew exactly what he wanted for his wish -- his very own T-rex dinosaur in his yard.
Then, on a cool fall morning, the dinosaur connoisseur awoke to a day he would never forget. After spending the day as a paleontologist with visits to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Carnegie Museum, Zack followed "dinosaur tracks" back to his home, where there stood his very own 7 ½ feet tall fiberglass T-rex. What did Zack name his beast? "Meaty, because he eats meat," said Zack.
That was 2005. Zack, now 13-years-old with no traces of the cancer that he battled as a young kid, now wants to help make other wishes come true through his second annual 5-mile bike/walk event called Make A Move for Make-A-Wish on Sunday, July 28, at North Park.
"My wish replaced the bad thoughts I had from being sick in the hospital with a happier memory, which will stay with me forever," explained Zack to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It was one of the best days of my life."
To read an article about Zack's upcoming event and how he is giving back to the community, please click here.
To view an event posting for Zack's event, please click here.