Honored Kid

Zach Canaday

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Brighton, CO, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

August 2008


Passed away

Treated At

Children's Hospital Colorado

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My Story

Updated October 4, 2021 After several relapses and trials, Zach passed away on September 25, 2021. Zach was originally diagnosed with medulloblastoma on 8/24/08. After 31days of radiation and 9 rounds of chemo he lived a relatively normal life. He maintained fantastic grades, was part of the NJHS, he started high school, he took honors and AP classes, he made the golf team. On 11/13/14 he was going in for his yearly MRI, 5 years past treatment, the results where not what we were hoping for, they found multiple tumors on his brain and spine. Within a couple of days a new port was inserted, chemo started the very next day and radiation followed. It has been just over 4 months since his new diagnosis, he is now on 2 new chemotherapy's to fight this awful disease. So far his treatment is showing promise in shrinking his tumors. Everyday our email and mailboxes are flooded with letters from colleges across the country, trying to get Zach to consider their school. I wish we were worrying about these type of decisions right now. This is supposed to be such a fun time in his life, Cancer is taking these amazing moments away from him and it's not fair! He will be the one to beat this, and with your help a cure can be found!Updated(2/2019)In January 2017 Zach started an immunotherapy trial in Augusta, GA when a MRI showed 2 new spots of cancer.  We travel monthly for his appointments and every 2 months he has a 3-4 hour MRI.  For 18 months his trial kept his tumors stable and then once again new spots showed up, so his plan changed again. Throughout all of this he made the dean's list at UNC.  It's because of donations that these trials keep going, so thank you for providing hope.

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