Rally for Rory

In July 2017, our friend, Rory Zinna, was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of osteosarcoma. This cancer is a type of bone cancer that grows in or around the hard bone. Rory’s cancer is VERY aggressive. His first tumor grew outside of his upper left humorous bone near the shoulder joint. It then had just began to metastasize to his lungs when he was diagnosed. His arm tumor was difficult to remove, because it was intertwined with his artery and nerves, but in April of this year, an amazing limb salvage surgeon in Gainesville, who specializes in bone cancer, was finally able to remove it without amputation. The existing metastatic lung growths were removed during two surgeries in July & August. The lung spread returned almost immediately and is growing more rapidly than before. 

To date, Rory has endured 24 weeks of chemotherapy, 5 weeks of radiation and 3 surgeries.

Next week Rory will start immunotherapy treatment, which brings us to this gofundme page...Rory will need the support of his wife, Kristy. While Kristy would want nothing more than to be by his side non-stop during this time, she must continue working to keep up with their monthly expenses and medical bills. Rory and Kristy have two beautiful daughters, Mackenzie, 15 and Brooklyn, 3. 

While Rory is focusing on fighting for his life, we want to help his family financially so Kristy is able to take a leave of absence to spend time with her husband during this extremely difficult fight. Rory is going to need her more than ever.  

Rory and Kristy fell in love in 2009, married in 2013 and brought beautiful Brooklyn into this world in 2015.  Mackenzie, Rory's step-daughter,  was 7 when they first started dating. Rory has helped Kristy raise her ever since.  

Rory is an awesome husband, dad, son, brother and friend.  Rory is a fighter and is battling it out with this aggressive cancer. Although he’s very independent and not the best at asking for help, his family needs our help....your help.  

Rory was born in Long Island, New York, and lived there until he was 4 years old when he moved to Bradenton, FL with his family. He is a 2000 graduate of Manatee High School, where he wrestled for the Hurricanes. He received his bachelors degree from UF and he is the biggest UF fan that has ever walked the Earth. 

Please keep Rory in your prayers. 

Please share Rory’s story and help his family. 33181310_1537648612605620_r.jpeg

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $150 
    • 18 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 18 mos
  • Philip Gregory 
    • $100 
    • 19 mos
  • Wesley Banks 
    • $300 
    • 19 mos
  • Lisa Burnham 
    • $50 
    • 19 mos
See all

Fundraising team: Team Zinna (3)

Stephanie Noonan 
Organizer
Sarasota, FL
Rory Zinna 
Beneficiary
Heather Schultz 
Team member
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