"I was diagnosed (with brain and lung cancer) on May 24," Zentko recently told The Brazil Times. "The doctors are hopeful."
A Northview High School graduate, the Brazil resident said he was recently laid off, but he's not letting his current situation get him down.
"Cancer is not going to stop me," Zentko said. "I'm fighting."
Currently undergoing treatment, he admits the process is a hopeful one.
"I'm trying to look at things in a positive way," he said. "This, getting treatment, is making me more optimistic about life."
Although he's not used to being the center of attention, friends and family have organized two fundraisers to help Zentko cover travel and medical expenses yet to be covered by insurance.
On Saturday, July 18, there will be a golf scramble fundraiser at Oak Ridge Golf Course. Four-person teams will start playing at 8 a.m. To register a team at a cost of $120 to play or to sponsor a hole during the scramble, contact John Adamson (812-605-1314) or Scott Paver (812-239-4174).
On Sunday, July 19, the Sons of the American Legion are sponsoring another benefit at noon. There will be a Turkey Noodle Dinner ($7 for adults and $4 for children 3-12), a bake sale, various games, raffles, door prizes and a Wii Bowling and Golf Competition. There will also be musical entertainment by the Country Seasoning Band (noon-2 p.m.) and The Haymakers (3-6 p.m.). For more information, contact Paver or Joe Lalen at 812-691-4799.
"It's a good gesture by everyone involved, but I'm not sure I'll be able to be there," Zentko said, adding he was grateful for the help. "I'm not sure I'll feel up to it."
How you can help
WHAT: Golf Scramble Fundraiser
WHERE: Oak Ridge Golf Course, 9784 N. County Road 300 East, Brazil
WHEN: 8 a.m. till over, Saturday, July 18
HOW: To register a four-person team at a cost of $120 to play or to sponsor a hole during the scramble, contact John Adamson (812-605-1314) or Scott Paver (812-239-4174).
WHAT: Sons of the American Legion Fundraiser
WHERE: American Legion Post No. 2, 1013 S. Forest Ave., Brazil
WHEN: Noon till over, Sunday, July 19
HOW: Stop by to enjoy a Turkey Noodle Dinner ($7 for adults and $4 for children 3-12), a bake sale, play various games, win raffles and door prizes and participate in a Wii Bowling and Golf Competition.
All proceeds from both events will be donated to the Derek Zentko Benefit Fund. Zentko, 29, Brazil resident, was recently diagnosed with brain and lung cancer.