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The “Zack Attack”

Post by Brent Champaco on May 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm with No Comments »
May 30, 2009 2:23 pm

Update: Zach’s brother, Almanza, called me to say that he received the bronze in the 25-meter-assisted walk, not the softball throw. Sorry about the mix-up.



Of all the shirts people donned at today’s Special Olympics Summer Games at Fort Lewis, the ones that read “Team Zack,” were the some of the loudest.



The family of Zach Mendes of Everett made the shirts to show their support. Unfortunately, the company that printed the shirts spelled his name with a “k,” rather than an “h.”



but the misspelling didn’t stop the 12 members of his family from Everett and South Hill to cheer their lungs out at every chance.



Danny Almanza, Zach’s brother from South Hill, said every Special Olympics in which his brother competes is special.



At 9 months old, doctors discovered Zach had gotten spinal meningitis and didn’t give him long to live. Today, he is deaf and developmentally impaired, but he’s walking and winning medals at the Special Olympics.



Zach even has his own slogan, which was splashed in bright letters across the backs of his family’s t-shirts: “Zack Attack.”



“Yeah, go Zach!” Almanza screamed as his brother picked up a bronze in the 25-meter assisted walk. “Zach Attack!”

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