The seventh annual Zach’s Hope is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 at Memorial Stadium from 8 - 10 a.m. Proceeds from this event are sent to Cure-Search, which designated funds to various hospitals to study cures for childhood cancers.
The event is in memory of Zach Peters, a Columbus High School student who lost a yearlong battle with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare childhood bone cancer.
As with previous years, the event will be at Memorial Stadium in Columbus from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Although there is no fee to join the fun, participants are encouraged to make a donation and purchase a T-shirt.
The shirts will feature names of children from birth to 18 years that have been diagnosed with cancer. Parents are invited to include the name of their child on the shirts, and set up a table on the field at the event with information and pictures of a loved one diagnosed with childhood cancer.
Sheri Peters, Zach’s mother, began the relay as a way to bring awareness to childhood cancers, which are often overlooked.
“They are rare forms and tend to get much less funding for research,” said Sheri Peters. For example, the U.S. National Cancer Institute reports one case of Ewing Sarcoma per one million people each year.
Unfortunately, the phrase “one in a million” applies to Zach’s bone cancer.
With the help of the Columbus FFA, Zach’s parents Sheri and Leonard Peters started Zach’s Hope Relay to one day make Zach’s hope a reality; that children would never have to endure a fight with cancer. “Please come out and walk with us. Donations can be made at the gate, and refreshments will be provided by HEB. Thank you for caring,” Shari said.