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Benefit set for area man

Friday, July 3, 2009

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Northview High School graduate Derek Zentko is battling brain and lung cancer.
At 29, Derek Zentko wasn't expecting his life to be forever changed by cancer.

"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

On Saturday:

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).

On Sunday:

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.


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well, i'm so sorry to hear about this. Hopefully the Lord will heal you.

-- Posted by twilightlover14 on Fri, Jul 3, 2009, at 7:46 PM

This is all in the Lords hands, let go and give it to Him... I pray everything is provided!

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Sat, Jul 4, 2009, at 5:21 AM

DEAR ZENTKO FAMILY , SANDY KATHY YOU NEIGHBOR ,, HONEY I HOPE EVERYTHING GOES WELL , I WISH THERE WAS SOMETHING I CAN DO ,, IF YOU NEED ME FOR ANYTHING ANYTIME PLEASE CALL ME ,, OK ARE COME BANG ON DOOR OK MAY GOD BLESS YOU DEREK WE WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND BELIEVE IN GOD ,AND PRAY PRAY PRAY WE LOVE YOU GUYS SANDY CALL ME

-- Posted by whisperinghope on Sat, Jul 4, 2009, at 11:36 AM

Best wishes Derek, please try and maintain a positive outlook, seems to be a really important part of beating cancer, lots of people with similar illness have been able to overcome it and a positive attitude at the toughest times seems to have been the common thread.

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Sat, Jul 4, 2009, at 3:23 PM

Prayers to all!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 7:55 AM


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