Zach Becker is a father, husband, business owner, and all-around amazing guy living in Gig Harbor, WA with his wife, Megan, and their 16-month-old son, Scout. Anyone who knows Zach has a story to tell about his generosity and sense of humor. He is the first to strike up a conversation with a stranger, welcome you into his home for a meal, or simply offer you a cold beer at a backyard barbeque. He approaches life with a zest that is contagious and being able to call him a friend is truly a blessing.
On October 16th, 2018 at the young age of 35, Zach was diagnosed with a brain tumor after being brought to the Tacoma General ER. For several months leading up to his diagnosis, Zach was experiencing episodes of numbness and pain in his right hand and leg. Due to his active lifestyle, it was easy to dismiss thinking it was simply a pinched nerve. As the weeks carried on Zach's symptoms got worse and in conjunction with his numbness episodes, he began waking disoriented and smelling phantom burning smells. Recognizing his changing symptoms, Zach's wife Megan, who is a nurse, insisted they go back to the ER and get some answers. During his visit, an MRI was performed and his tumor was discovered. Zach and Megan learned the episodes he was experiencing for the past couple of months were actually seizures and he was immediately placed on high doses of anti-seizure medications. At that time Zach was admitted for observation and a biopsy surgery was scheduled. ( Zach's tumor, approximately 4cm x 7cm )
Zach and Megan's family and friends rallied around them in prayer during those fearful days as they waited to get back the biopsy results. After a few days that seemed like an eternity, Zach was diagnosed with a Stage 2 astrocytoma with an IDH1 mutation. Although this is a typically slow-growing tumor it is still considered cancerous. Due to the location and characteristics of the tumor, they have determined that it is inoperable at this time. The risks of damaging critical areas of the brain controlling speech and motor function make this less than an ideal option. Treatment at this time will consist of six weeks of Proton therapy radiation followed by at least one round of chemotherapy. Since Zach needs this specialized Proton therapy radiation at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance he will have to travel to Seattle every day during the six weeks of treatment. For those that don't know, Seattle is more than an hour away from their home without consideration of traffic.
Since learning of his diagnosis, Zach has had nothing but an upbeat attitude putting his trust entirely in God. His positivity and unwavering faith are an inspiration to those around him. Zach is the first to lend a hand and not the type to ask for help but those of us that love him want to ensure that he and his family have the resources needed to fight this! We would like to make the financial burdens and medical costs less of a worry, as this should not be his concern right now. Without a doubt, we know Zach will beat this but we ask that you band together with the Becker family and their friends in prayer during the long battle ahead.
Thank you for your prayers, generosity, and kindness. It means the world to us.
Zach’s Family and Friends