Dedicated to promoting the ongoing memory of Zachary Walter Mesch through donations to organizations that made a difference in his life.
Zach's Wishes for Miracles presents the 1st Wichita Zach Mesch 5K Walk / Run
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Wichita State University
Early Bird - Before September 12 - $18
Pre-registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zach-mesch-5k-walkrun-tickets-12700125417
Zachary Walter Mesch was a wonderful inspiration to all those who he met. Zach was first diagnosed with Lymphoma when he was 16. At the time, he was a cross country runner at Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado. While undergoing treatment, he was given the gift of a family cruise by The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. They certainly enriched Zach’s life. His family’s life was made richer when his brother Kevin, and sister, Maddi were able to attend Camp Wapiyapi. Wapiyapi is a Colorado based nonprofit organization that offers a community of hope and support to families affected by childhood cancer. Zach later became a counselor at Wapiyapi.
It was during his treatment that he met Megan Garcia. After their first date where he wore a powder blue tuxedo to Megan’s prom, their love began to blossom. In November 2007 Zach was declared cancer-free. He and Megan graduated in the spring of 2008 and headed off to college. Both chose to attend Wichita State University (WSU) where Zach performed as the University’s mascot, WU. Zach joined Sigma Phi Epsilon and majored in Political Science.
In November of 2009 Zach returned from WSU for the Thanksgiving holiday covered in bruises. A trip to The Children’s Hospital confirmed a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). During his stay in the hospital his family and friends came together for a fund raising walk and run to help offset the family’s medical costs associated with his treatment. Zach loved the walk, and those who gathered to support him and his family. He wished that the walk would become and annual event to benefit other kids who were in similar situations as his in the future.
Zach battled ALL courageously for the next seven months until his passing early on the morning of July 4th, 2010. This organization is dedicated to Zach’s memory and his desire to help other kids with cancer. His mom, Valerie, and dad, Tim, started Zach’s Wishes for Miracles to honor his memory. Along with Megan, and all his friends and family, we invite you to join with us in honoring Zach’s memory.
On October 18, 2011 the organization received notice that effective March 26, 2011 we are an approved non-profit organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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