NORTH LIBERTY– In just two and a half months, a North Liberty child and his family have encountered the battle of their lifetime, a miracle of faith, and the strength and grace of an entire community.
Six-year-old Jack Zschiesche, a first grader at Van Allen Elementary, suffered a brain aneurism on March 17 while on a family vacation in Minneapolis, Minn. He was in a coma for 18 days, endured five surgeries, and is now– happily– on the fast track of rehabilitation and recovery. His parents, Amy and Brad, stayed by his side while Jack remained in the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Since Jack was transferred to ChildServe in Johnston, Iowa, on May 7, his parents and other family members have been tag-teaming it to stay with Jack and also care for their other three children in North Liberty. JZ, a nickname given to Jack by a neighbor, is now eating, talking, learning how to walk again, and strengthening his motor skills through very intensive therapy each day. The outlook is nothing short of a miracle.
However, the medical ordeal and the long road to recovery have taken a toll on Jack and his family, emotionally and financially.
Friends and supporters of the Zschiesche family are hosting a large fundraising event on July 15 from 3 until 8 p.m. at Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty, to assist the family with mounting expenses. With food, silent and live auctions, activities for kids, a blood drive, music by a live DJ and representatives from the Ronald McDonald House and the Iowa Donor Network, the event will have something for everyone.
Fundraising coordinators encourage the entire community to come out on July 15 to the Jump for JZ! event and support Jack’s recovery. Donations can be directed to the University of Iowa Community Credit Union: Jack Zschiesche Fundraiser. To learn more about Jack’s story, visit his CaringBridge web page at www.caringbridge.org/visit/jackzschiesche .