Letters to the Editor

Mar-3-L-Wells-SCHappy Birthday Zach

This would’ve been our happy refrain on the 14th of this month, had our son and brother Zachary not left us two Decembers ago. In honor of Zach’s birthday, the Wells family would like to let you know that the Zachary James Wells Dedicated Fund has been established at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in South Hero. The following is paraphrased from a letter recently sent to donors:

Most of you know that Zach was diagnosed with cancer when he was 16. Many may not know that Zachary was still living with cancer at the time we lost him…..What is relevant is how troubled he was by what he witnessed young children enduring while he was a patient on the pediatric floor of the hospital….We believe that at some point in his life, had he been able, Zach would have made an effort to enhance the quality of life for children dealing with cancer…Camp Ta-Kum-Ta embodies much that was important to Zach. It is all volunteer, it is local, and it is primarily about providing one thing for kids with cancer – fun – and for those of you who knew Zach, he was all about fun.

This past summer we are honored to have sent Autumn to camp, and our mission is to “Send a Kid to Camp” for as long as we possibly can. For those not familiar with Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, we encourage you to visit www.takumta.org and view the extraordinary things they do with extraordinary kids, allowing them a respite that is infused with fun and fosters hope.

If this strikes a chord with you, please keep Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in mind when considering your next charitable contribution and help us “Send a Kid to Camp” through the Zachary James Wells Dedicated Fund.

Whole hearted thanks for your consideration.

Happy Birthday Zach.

Jim, Stephanie, Alexandra and Nathaniel Wells, Charlotte