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Meet Zachary

Loving. Thoughtful. Funny. Did we say funny? Especially bathroom humor. Zachary loved practical jokes and sneaking up on people for a loud shriek.

Marvel Maniac. Favorite movie – Thor Ragnrok

Expertise in convincing almost anyone to do what he wanted. Spiritually wise. Zachary loved listening to his pastors and being a part of his church in southern California. He was a magnet for amazing people who were genuine and not afraid of his disability.

It was a rough beginning. Zachary was born on May 20, 2003 at four pounds, not able to breathe on his own or swallow. As a result, he required surgery at one month for a trach and a g-tube. He was later diagnosed with Myotubular Myopathy, which is a disease that causes the muscles to stop developing.

With a ventilator to help him breathe, he battled with numerous hospitalizations due to pneumonia or infection. Zachary’s muscles were weak, but his mind was not. He was a normal 16-year-old boy, who attended classes at Tesoro High School, in Las Flores, California. It was the best year of his life.   He would say that he loved school except for the homework. He would go through the halls and high five the other students.