Team Zach Memorial Fund

Zachary Polsenberg Update

The family of Zachary Tyler Martin-Polsenberg has shared the heartbreaking news that Zachary has gone to be the Lord. Zachary passed away quickly after being taken off life support on July 10, 2017, at the Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL. He was 16-years-old.

On the morning of June 29, 2017, Zach was running drills with his high school football team when he suddenly collapsed. His coach and teammates tried to revive him to no avail. He was taken to the Golisano Children’s Hospital where they diagnosed him with heat stroke. Doctors estimate his core temperature was 107 degrees for an hour or more before they could start to bring it down. Zach suffered internal injuries and was in a coma. He was moved to Miami last Thursday, July 6, 2017, for more specialized care. His condition worsened, and he was removed from life support on Monday, July 10, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Zach was born September 6, 2000, and grew up playing sports with his brothers and friends. In high school, he loved playing offense for the Riverdale High School Raiders football team located in Ft. Myers, FL. He was a good student and would have been a junior this upcoming academic year. Zach was nicknamed the “gentle giant” by his family for both his size, 6’4” and 320 pounds, and his personality, which was humble, thoughtful, and kind. He loved his large, extended family, and was content hanging out with his brothers and sister, his parents, and his grandparents.

He is survived by his mother, Laurie Martin Giordano of Ft. Myers, FL, his father, James Anthony Polsenberg of Palm Coast, FL, his stepfather, Edward Joseph Giordano of Ft. Myers, FL, his sister, Vanessa Martin, his brother, Cody Polsenberg, his stepbrothers, Conner Giordano and Nicholas Giordano, his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Denise Martin of Naples, FL, and his grandparent, Francis Giordano of Punta Gorda, FL. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Patricia Giordano, and his paternal grandparents, Frank and Viola Polsenberg.

This has been a difficult time for Zach’s family, and they are grateful for the support of so many family and friends that lifted Zach up in prayer and donated to his medical fund. The fund is now a memorial fund to help with funeral costs and final medical expenses. The family requests privacy during this difficult time.

Funeral plans are still pending and will be released when finalized.

This page is being set up by Zach's godmother and close family friends as a support to the family. Please don’t hesitate to contact the e-mail on the right if you have any questions on making the donation.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Kathy Johnson 
Organizer
Naples, FL
Laurie Giordano 
Beneficiary
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