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Teen cancer victim's fund helps children with cancer

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Zach Ramsey was a normal Charlotte 15-year-old who one day went to Myers Park High School and out of nowhere, experienced such a terrible pain in his abdomen he had to call home for help. Two days later Zach was diagnosed of Rhabdomyosacroma.  That's a rare aggressive, adolescent cancer affecting only 250 children a year in the USA.

That was in 2002.  For three years Zach fought. 

Then, in 2005, Zach told his dad he wanted to start a Fund to help other Charlotte-area kids going through similar things.

With his own money in his savings account, Zach started the Zach Ramsey Children's Cancer Fund.  He asked his parents to honor his life by continuing to raise funds for families experiencing financial difficulties... families like he saw every day at Presbyterian Hospital's Blume Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic.

A few weeks later Zach died.  He was 17.  Right beforehand he said he had "no regrets."

Every year his parents live out their son's request with a big tailgate party and fundraiser on the first away game of the Panthers official season.  Some former Panthers players attend.  WBTV's Molly Grantham co-hosts it with WBT Radio's Keith Larson.

Zach's younger brother, Alex, produced together this incredible video of this year's past tailgate.  (It was filmed and edited by his friend Dominic Sansotta.)  It shows how to have fun, while celebrating a young Charlotte guy whose spirit keeps his great cause moving forward.

For more information on the Zach Ramsey Children's Cancer Fund, go to www.zachsfund.org

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