WHY SPRING FOR ZACK?
Ernie and Wendy Mayo were busy working hard and raising two boys, the light of their lives, Zack and Nick. Zack was 10, and enjoying being a big brother to Nick, age 6. They were good boys, and it seemed to Ernie and Wendy that the world could not be more fulfilling.
Then on June 9, 2010 Zack fell while riding his scooter. Although none of his injuries seemed serious, he passed out and Wendy called 911. Within 10 minutes of arrival at NHRMC he was in cardiac arrest. Zack was rushed into surgery after it was determined that he had severe abdominal bleeding. A few hours later the Mayos were told that Zack had a cancerous tumor on his liver that had ruptured, causing him to almost bleed to death. Two surgeries later the doctors were still have trouble controlling the bleeding. They sent Zack to UNC Chapel Hill. He stayed there for many months until being sent to Cincinnati Childrens' Hospital where he is currently being treated for Hemoblastoma. Zack is waiting for a liver transplant and they are attempting to clear tumors from his lungs.
This is the short version of what young Zack has gone through. He has survived cardiac arrest, kidney failure, being on a ventilator for 23 days, 9 surgeries, brain swelling and a coma. Yet he has a very positive attitude and has big plans for his life. Zack is an inspiration to be around. Wendy and Ernie are determined to save their son and are unwavering. They, along with Nick, travel to and from Zack's treatments together as a family unit. If you cannot help with a donation for the silent auction, please keep the Mayo's in your thoughts and prayers. Please click here for the full story from Wendy Mayo.
-Deborah Conard firstname.lastname@example.org 910.794.9924