On September 10, 2009 Zachary Siegfried was playing outside with his twin brother Kyle and friends, when he died suddenly of a brain aneurysm at the tender age of 7. During his short life, Zachary loved playing 1st base for the Cubs while his twin brother played 3rd base and their father was the assistant coach. Zachary’s signature smile was as much a fixture as the No. 4 on the back of his uniform. Zachary and Kyle had many cheerleaders cheering them on at the games including their mother Melissa, two adult sisters Sara and Amy, along with their grandparents and many friends. Zach loved everything about baseball, including the game, the friendships, and most of all the FUN!
Zachary saved the lives of 4 others through organ donation. Jasmine, a 19-year-old girl, received Zach’s liver. A heart valve saved the life a 6 month old infant. One of Zachary’s kidneys went to a 59-year-old man named Bob and the other kidney went to a 13-year-old girl, Kadian. Kadian was with her family for another 3 years until she joined Zachary in heaven. The other 3 recipients are doing great. You can find out more information about organ donation and Zachary’s story at Lifequest.
Not only were lives saved through organ donation, Zachary’s whole family gave their hearts to Jesus. All 5, Sara, Amy, Kyle, Zachary and mom were baptized together at Zachary’s bedside. His father, Steven, is now the Youth Pastor at our church and taking college courses towards a degree in Bible Theology. His mother assists with leading the youth group and pours her heart into Zach’s foundation, Ball Parks 4 Him. Twin brother, Kyle plays bass and drums on the youth praise team and is now in middle school. Both of Zach’s sisters are now in the medical field. Sara is an RN in our local emergency room, going for her Masters Degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. Amy is a COTA (Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant). We each have found a way to use our pain to help others. It is only through God’s love and mercy that we are surviving and have the spirit to assist other children in our precious Zach’s memory.
Our family’s dream was to one day watch the boys play competitive baseball together. Kyle and Zachary would sit at our kitchen table and talk about how they were going to play baseball on the fields behind our home. Our dream of watching our boys play baseball together has been shattered. We now put the energy we use in grieving our loss into making other children’s/families dreams come true.
We believe in the children/youth and wanted to do something to make a difference in their lives. Ball Parks 4 Him was created in Zachary’s memory to help children/youth with their sports financial needs. Ball Parks 4 Him is a not for profit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.
Our goal is to give every child a chance to play sports, no matter the ability to pay. We believe in people’s ability to reach the next level, and push themselves beyond what is expected. We believe that desire, commitment, hard work and intensity combined with quality sport specific training can ultimately bridge the gap between potential and true performance. It is our primary goal to assist individual children in becoming better athletes by helping them with their financial needs. Finally, we believe that athletics can help every young child to become a better person. Athletics can provide children with important life skills and tools that they will find necessary in fulfilling their future dreams and goals.
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