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Team Zach Memorial Fund

$15,275 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 145 people in 15 months
Created July 5, 2017
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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Team Zach Update:

It's been a year since we all came together to support Zach's family following his death from heat stroke during football practice. Since that time, his family has worked tirelessly to educate the public on exertional heat illness prevention. Here are the highlights:

• The Zach Martin Memorial Foundation was formed to advance education on heat illness prevention.
• A website, www.zachmartinfoundation.com was created containing valuable information on heat illness prevention.
• Cold water immersion tubs have been donated to seven high schools, with more donations coming in the next few weeks.
• A college senior studying to be an athletic trainer was the recipient of the foundation’s first $1,000 educational scholarship.
• The foundation contributed to new educational policies regarding heat stroke prevention in Florida schools created by the FHSAA, which oversees sports safety.
• Numerous local, state and national news stories about Zach and his family’s fight for cold water immersion tubs in every school have been done including a report featuring Zach’s mother, Laurie Giordano, on “Good Morning America” just last week.

This has all been done thanks to your support!

Now more big things are happening in heat illness education! The foundation is funding an instructional video for students and coaches on how to treat heat-related illnesses through Cold Water Immersion. It is in partnership with Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program and the Korey Stringer Institute. The video will be distributed free of charge to schools and available online. If this video had existed previously, Zach’s death might have been prevented.

But we need your help.

Funds are needed to support this endeavor. Any amount is appreciated! You can donate to this gofundme page, or tax-deductible donations can be made to the Zach Martin Memorial Foundation at this link (donation link at the bottom of the home page):

https://zachmartinfoundation.com

or you can make donations at the foundation’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/zachmartinfoundation/?hc_ref=ARRU9Zx6jIkLiGQllSzIgNzY3-3rFumx8bBC_o6U03_VNj7T8FiBsZCzSM26yByFOSg&fref=nf

Thank you for your support and help in making sure not one more child dies of a heat-related illness.
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Team Zach update: Thank you again for your donations to Zac's memorial fund. We have reached the $15,000 mark!
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Funeral Arrangements Announced For Zachary Martin-Polsenberg

The family of Zachary Martin-Polsenberg has announced the funeral arrangements for the Ft. Myers teen.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the New Life Assembly of God church, 5146 Leonard Blvd. S., Lehigh Acres, FL. A visitation will be held before the services from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church. In the interest of being sensitive to the student community, the family would like to inform parents that the visitation will be open casket.

The family is requesting from friends any pictures of Zach that they can use during the service. They also would like friends to indicate any songs that he liked or listened to as well. The pictures and information on the songs as well as any tributes can be posted to the Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home memorial page for Zach at www.fortmyersmemorial.com/obituaries/Zach-Martin-Polsenberg/
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Team Zach update: Thank you again for your donations. We have reached the $10,000 mark. ❤️
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