AN UPDATE: The below story was published at tyasports.org prior to Zach procedure. On July 19, Zach's Mom posted this hopeful message on his CaringBridge page:
"Zach’s body, for the first time ever, is making neutrophils all on its own! The neutrophil count today was 180! His counts are slowly making their way up and as they do he should begin feeling a bit better. He made it out to walk the hall 2 times today!"
All of the Towamencin Youth Association community is pulling for you Zach!
A letter from the Hatfield-Towamencin Baseball division of Towmencin Youth Association
Former Hatfield player Zach Oberholzer prepares to undergo bone marrow transplant
Zach’s family has benefitted from the support of the National Neutropenia Network throughout his life and wants to share information about the important work of this organization.
Zach Oberholzer is a 2018 graduate of Calvary Baptist School and North Montco Tech Career Center. He has enjoyed the game of baseball since he was a young boy, starting at the coach-pitch level with Hatfield Little League and continuing his playing career through the 2016 Hatfield Connie Mack “A” team. Zach still loves the game of baseball and continues to work on the fields at School Road Park for Hatfield-Towamencin Baseball, lining the fields for all home games at School Road Park and keeping the fields looking great.
However, this is not just a story about baseball. Zach has overcome many obstacles to live a “normal” life and play the game that he loves. Zach’s normal is anything but what most of us would refer to as normal. His challenges began when he was only two months old when he was first hospitalized and later diagnosed with a rare blood disease (Severe Congenital Neutropenia) at four months of age. Zach has endured many complications over his 18 years including Crohn’s Disease, joint and bone pain, fatigue, continued risk of infection, as well as a high risk of Leukemia and other complications as he has battled this disease. In addition, Zach has had to endure nightly injections in order to improve his bacteria-killing function. His family reports that he has endured more than 6,800 injections which have helped him to live his life as well as possible.
As he battled this difficult disease, Zach was a valued and respected teammate, revered by his coaches and rarely missed a practice or a game.
Now, rather than heading off to college or starting his career, Zach will be undergoing a Bone Marrow Transplant at CHOP on July 2nd which will hopefully allow Zach to live a healthy life. He expects to be admitted to CHOP on June 21st to begin preparation for the procedure. His sister Rachel is a match and will make this tremendous donation to help her brother. Zach is expected to remain in the hospital for up to 6 to 8 weeks and his goal is to return to his regular routine in approximately 6 months after the transplant procedure.
The family has a strong belief that God will provide His healing hand through the upcoming procedure and they welcome all of the prayers that you are willing to offer on Zach’s behalf. These medical procedures come with a high cost. Zach’s family has benefitted from the support of the National Neutropenia Network throughout his life. Therefore, the family would encourage anyone who feels the willingness to provide financial assistance to this organization to do so through the link noted below. Personal donations are the main source of revenue for this organization so any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Mark your donation as an Honorarium Donation in Zach’s name.
2401 Peach Tree Lane
Hatfield, PA 19440
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