Zachary Baum

5:50 PM, Jul 27, 2004   |    comments
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"It's my life!"

That song by the rock band Bon Jovi is an inspiration for Zach, a 12-year-old organ transplant recipient. He received a liver in October of 1999. Ever since then, he's been using his life to cheer up kids who have to spend the holidays in a hospital bed just like he once did.

Zach and his mother, Sue, started delivering balloons and candy to kids at Fairview-University Children's Hospital. That's where he got his transplant. Now they collect toys and candy throughout the year, assemble gift bags and bring them to children at Fairview University, Unity Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House during holidays like Halloween and Christmas. Zach hopes to deliver 100 gift bags to young patients this Christmas. "It's fun to see them happy."

Zach is a sixth grader at Fred Moore Middle School in Anoka. In addition to collecting toys for others, he collects basketball cards and Hot Wheels for himself and loves playing video games and sports.

He hopes to deliver holiday fun to young patients for the rest of his life. His advice, "Don't be selfish. Appreciate what you have."

Designated Charity: $1100 to Fairview University Transplant Assistance Fund

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