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Inspiration Behind "Zaching" Continues Battle Against Cancer

Updated: Sunday, January 12 2014, 12:58 PM EST
University of Maryland student Zachary Lederer who was diagnosed with brain cancer is continuing his fight. In January 2012, after surgery to resect a brain tumor, Zach asked his dad to take a picture of him making a strongman pose to show friends and family that he would be just fine. The picture quickly went viral and others hopped on board in making the pose called "Zaching," sending their pictures to Zach to post online.

His sister posted this update on twitter last night: Zachary update. Zachary's cancer has spread and has caused some issues that required him to be put on life support. Zachary took advantage of the break as all fighters would do. When life support was removed he summons the strength to continue his battle. He is doing better than the machine's. Who would expect anything different. He is breathing very well, his vital signs are that of an athlete and he continues to exude love and affection to his family and friends. He is giving us another gift and teaching us about strength and endurance all the while supporting others. He is an amazing kid who has and will continue to inspire. We hope to take Zach home in the next day or so and utilize home hospice. We would like to thank the Centennial community, the Hopkins family, his friends and family for the love and support you have shown to Zachary and our family. It has truly been amazing. Bless you all.

Kathleen Cairns spoke to the brave student during his battle, click the link for the February 2012 story on his inspirational fight. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Zach. Inspiration Behind "Zaching" Continues Battle Against Cancer


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