Keep winning for Zach: Friends keep the memory of a super fan alive

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by Nicole Harrell

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 6:04 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Last year's run to a Big East Championship is something all Cards fans will cherish for years to come. For one group in Louisville, it means even more. 

For this group the win was bigger than a trophy, or a tournament.  It was even bigger than basketball. The Cards were winning for their loved one Zach.

Zach has always been a huge Louisville Cardinals fan. He even converted his wife Michelle who used to bleed blue for Kentucky.

Last year Zach had an unexpected health scare. A black spot in Zach's eye became a virus, his ankles started swelling and his breathing became an issue. Zach was then admitted to the hospital when his kidneys began to fail.  Doctors gave him medication to perform a biopsy. He never came out of a coma.

Zach died of IgA Nephropathy also known as Berger's disease. His son Noah was just two-months-old when he passed.

His family says they needed something to get them through the extremely difficult time. The funeral was set for the Saturday of the Big East Championship game. No one thought his beloved Cards would make it that far, but they did.

To honor Zach, friends and family wore the same shirt each game and sat in the same spot throughout the tournament. Every game the Cards gained more momentum. The team won the Big East Tournament and made it to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament.

Noah is now 14-months-old, his father's friends are now his family.

All are ready to raise Noah in red and share stories of that Big East Tournament and his dad's superstitions.

If you are looking to buy a #KeepWinningForZach shirt, send an email to KeepWinningforZach@yahoo.com.


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