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Letter to the editor: What is the point of a fundraiser?

I want to thank Joan and Wanda for their supportive letters to the editor. I found it very interesting that the Perham community has treated other fundraiser recipients the same as we have been treated.

So I ask, "Why even have fundraisers?" Do people enjoy speculating, making life even more difficult for the family of someone who is dealing with a traumatic life event? Not to mention how it affects the actual person who it happened to.

Zach died on Jan. 20, 2011, in more ways than one.

1.) At least three times within the first 24 hours of his initial collapse, we were told he wasn't going to live. His heart was functioning at only 5 percent!

We were told by his doctor we needed to make a decision on whether or not to keep him alive. The doctor was ready to give up on him! Obviously, we chose not to give up on him and he is with us today. With his hard work and determination, as well as the support of his family, he will excel in life.

2.) Last August his doctor told him he would never play basketball again. That devastated him! He wished he had died Jan. 20, 2011. What parent likes to hear their child say that?

In December he and I went to Los Angeles to see a special cardiologist, who cleared him to play ball and his whole outlook on life changed. In an interview with the Star Tribune on Feb. 2, Zach said, "You're never promised another day, that's how I see it now. I'm thankful I'm alive." That's how everyone should look at life.

Communication is the key. When you disagree with someone, don't you try to resolve it by discussing it? The people who we trusted to handle our benefit money stopped all communication with us last July.

Why? That's a very good question. We tried numerous times to get them to talk to us but they refused - instead, they chose to start rumors about us, and have turned many of our 'once friends' against us.

Zachary has enough to deal with in his recovery and should not have to listen to (as Courtney so eloquently said it in her letter to the editor) the outlandish rumors about his parents or the juvenile display of high school gossip amongst adults.