On January 20, 2020 (MLK Day) a group of about 20 kids and adults gathered to put together a packaging of Lightz of Hope boxes to distribute to CHOC children at CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County). Zachary would have been proud of our assembly system – – we placed with great care (and love) in each of the boxes: our light projector, power cords, remote, and other related items. But, Zachary would most definitely want to be there for each big reveal by our hospital volunteers, when the light projectors are plugged in, and turned on, bringing beautiful colors and hope to the hospital room of a child with a severe illness or disability.
I have been thinking about Zachary, and the non-profit organization formed in his honor, in processing the loss of Kobe and the others in the tragic accident in the early morning of January 26th, 2020. Kobe (and Zachary) both had the same mindset of a fighter, which by many is known as the “mamba mentality”. As Kobe once said, “If you see me in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear”; that is the “mamba mentality”. That mentality encourages a fighter to persevere. To push ahead and conquer. To hold on to the belief that any challenge can be overcome.