The Zachary Hebda Foundation

The Zachary Hebda Foundation was created as a living memorial to a normal healthy five you old boy who was diagnosed with leukemia in late November 1998.  In January 1999, Zachary's family learned that his illness was in remission, however due to the make up of his particular leukemia chromosomes, his treatment required a Bone Marrow Transplant.  Fortunately, Zachary's mother was a match for the transplant.  Zachary underwent his transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in April 1999. Although the transplant was not successful, remarkably Zachary's own bone marrow returned cancer free.  In early June 1999, Zachary returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died the morning of June 19th, 1999 as the result of an infection.

Friends and family created the Foundation and the Race Against Childhood Cancer as a tribute to Zachary and other children who have been diagnosed with childhood cancers.  The Foundation funds research being conducted locally here in Maryland at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

On September 17th, 2000, the first Race Against Childhood Cancer was held at the University of Maryland in partnership with the University of Maryland Campus Police. The race committee had high expectations for the success of the race.  Professionals commented that a first year event would be a success if 175-250 runners participated.

In the first year 719 individuals participated in the race, including over 100 Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy. Through the generous corporate sponsorship of,, Information Services and Solutions, Silicon Graphic's Inc., Antkowiak Design Group, Snow Valley Water, Domino's Pizza, AT&T Government Systems, Logicon, United Airlines and the Lutheran Brotherhood, the Race Against Childhood Cancer funded a Clinical Trial of a Leukemia vaccine being conducted at John's Hopkins Hospital.  Additionally a significant donation was made to Children's Roads to Recover; a Maryland based organization, which provides travel-related support to families of children suffering from critical illness.

Finally, during a minority Bone Marrow Drive held in conjunction with the race, 14 adults were placed on the registry of potential bone marrow donor.  We continue to sponsor Bone Marrow Drives in conjunction with the race.  We are blessed to have registered several people who were matches for cancer patients in need of a Bone Marrow Transplant.

In 2004 the Foundation held its first Gala in the Campus of the University of Maryland.  The gala was a huge success. Over the years we have out grown two Gala locations. 

With out the generous continued corporate sponsorship of AT&T Government Solutions, ADG Graphics, The University of Maryland Campus Police,  Domino's Pizza, Cavalier Softball, and CVS Pharmacy we would never have been as successful at fighting childhood cancer as we are.  

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to help in our fight against childhood cancer please send your donations to The Zachary Hebda Foundation, Post Office Box 322, Linthicum, Maryland 21090.

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