Zachary was a healthy athletic, 11 year old boy who passed unexpectedly in his sleep on March 8, 2010 from an undetected genetic mutation call LQT2 or the "Silent Killer". To read more about Zachary please visit www.zacharytompkins.org
Prior to his passing, Zachary made a ceramic plate on which he wrote "Zach's Stadium, Home of the Hudson/Litchfield Bears". He stated that when he grew up he was going to build a stadium for the Hudson/Litchfield Bears to play.
Our organization's mission is to ensure his dream becomes a reality. The stadium will support athletics and be a place where youths can go. It will be AED equipped and once built will be a place where AED certification for all will be held. It will also have a very special wishing well. This wishing well will be the "Zach Gives Back Wishing Well". This wishing well will be for other charities. All monies collected each year will be donated to a different charity of choice. This is our way of paying it forward.
We have raised over $300 thousand dollars in 2 years through many fundraisers including annual golf tournaments and 5Ks, but we have a long way to go. Estimated costs to complete the stadium is one million dollars. The town of Hudson has generously donated 13 acres of land to the Zach Fund on which the stadium will be built. In addition, we have had so much support from the community, which is a true testament of how Zachary has touched so many souls. Local businesses have pulled together, even in this economy, to help the Zach Fund by donating thousands of dollars and materials to help support the stadium. Local businesses have donated AED’s to the Zach Fund for the stadium because they recognize the importance of being prepared.
The fund will also continue to raise further awareness for Long QT Syndrome. We will continue to advocate for Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome. The Zach Fund has brought awareness to cardiac heart conditions that have been long overlooked. To find out more about Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome please visit www.SADS.org
We also established a fund for Presentation of Mary Academy where Zachary attended school. A savings bond is issued to each child that receives the “Zachary Tompkins Most Christian Award”. This award is not only for academics but also for showing sportsmanship, compassion and an overall positive attitude towards their peers. Zachary received this award just 6 months prior to his passing and the principal of PMA has named the award after Zachary. The entire staff at PMA has been CPR/AED certified by the Hudson Fire Dept. PMA has dedicated their new playground to Zachary.
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