As I sat down to my dinner earlier, I got on Facebook and saw a post that prayers were needed for a Maryland favorite, Zach Lederer. According to posts on his page, he was taken off life support and still fighting. I had no clue Zach wasn't doing well. I hope we can all send prayers up tonight for Zach. I've never in my life met the man but after watching/reading about his story, you almost feel like he's always been your friend.
On February 11, 2012, after really learning about Zach's story, I decided to go on Facebook and see if he had a page and he indeed did. I sent him a Friend request and a personal message. In a nutshell, I wrote that I thought his story was amazing; how it was awesome to see the strength he possessed; and how it was great to see him inspiring people all around the globe. I told him to take care and thanked him for reading my message.
Two days later, I saw where he accepted my Friend request and replied to my message with one of his own. I want to share it now.
'Thank you very much for taking the time to write this message to me. It means a lot to me to know, as far away as you are, you are thinking of me. I am realizing more and more how strong Terpnation is. I am touched that you consider me to be an inspiration. I will definitely keep fighting with everything I have. Once again, I consider this an opportunity to show the world how strong I am. This kind of opportunity is a kind that few people get in a lifetime. I consider myself to be incredibly lucky, in that I have now had and taken the opportunity twice before the age of 19. Thank you for the support, Zach Lederer'
Without a doubt the greatest note I've ever received. I'm praying for you, Zach. Keep on fighting.