National Brain Tumor Awareness

There are over 600,000 people in the US living with a primary brain tumor and over 28,000 of these cases are among children under the age of 20. Read More


Zachary’s Mission, a non-profit organization, supports families of medically fragile children by providing basic necessities, financial assistance, and programs that nurture emotional well-being.

Based in the greater Pittsburgh area, we are providing assistance to those families in need right now and you can help too.

Read more about Zachary and how his legacy is spreading hope, one family at a time!


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In January of 2015 the Bookwalter family learned that their sweet 5 year old daughter had a brain tumor. The mom wrote a letter to the editor and asked the community of Franklin to consider supporting our Zack Pack Program. It enabled her to stay at her daughter's side at a very difficult time. They did! April 14th, 2017 Jessica passed away after her courageous 2 year battle with brain cancer. The community of Franklin is once again pulling together to collect Zack Pack items but this time it is to honor the memory of Sweet Jessica. Their drive will run through the month of May which is also Brain Tumor Awareness Month. There are no words to express our sadness for this family and our gratitude at the same time. There are however, many tears and prayers as they continue to grieve. Be sure to give your kids an extra hug today and pray for the Bookwalter family and all the families who fight everyday for their child's health and well being. #ShareYourHeart #FranklinCommunity #Jessica #BrainTumorAwareness ... See MoreSee Less

It was January when Michelle Bookwalter unexpectedly took her daughter to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh due to illness. She was told that her 5 year old daughter Jessica had a brain tumor. After t...

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We love hearing from families. This short and sweet note came from a family we met in the NICU of Children's Hospital. They are now at the Children's Institute and grateful for our continued support. ❤️

"Just checked in to the Heisley House at Children's Institute.You are taking good care of me again!! Thank you guys. Can't tell you how great it felt to eat some Girl Scout cookies. 😉"
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We needed 25 volunteers prior to this post yesterday. Thanks to our awesome supporters, we only need 14 more! Private message us or email us at #ShareYourHeart #VolunteersRock ... See MoreSee Less

Our friends at Flat Tire Co. Bike Shop are organizing the second annual Keystone Triathlon at Keystone State Park. They are again generously donating $5 to Zachary's Mission for every registered race...

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Our friends at Flat Tire Co. Bike Shop are organizing the second annual Keystone Triathlon at Keystone State Park. They are again generously donating $5 to Zachary's Mission for every registered racer! We want to help our friends by recruiting volunteers to help the race day run smoothly. The event is 8am - 11am the morning of August 20th so you can start the day with a good deed and have the rest of your day to enjoy more summer fun! The link to sign up for the race is below. If you would like to volunteer with us that day, email us at or PM this page.
#ShareYourHeart #VolunteersRock #KeystoneTriathlon
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Family Stories

"We just wanted to take the time to say thank you. We received your backpack on the first night of our hospital journey. I have to say it really came in handy because I didn’t have anything to shower with and my fiancé hadn’t had food since early that morning. Thank you!"

"I have a family that I have been working with here at Children’s since the day I started in this unit. They are a very lovely family that is unfortunately in a very sad situation. This family was able to benefit from meal vouchers from Zachary’s mission. The family is extremely grateful and wanted me to share their gratitude with you. The support that you provide through your gifts is appreciated and helpful in so many ways. Thank you."

"We received a gas card from your foundation when our twins were in the NICU at West Penn. Just wanted to say Thank You!! You have a wonderful organization and I am in the process of trying to get a fundraiser setup at my work. I hope to get some funds over to you so you are able to help more families in their time of need! God Bless you all!"

"I received one of the Zach packs from the social worker at childrens hospital. I am a mom of triplet girls and they have never been home. my life is the hospital.... I want to thank you for doing this awesome work on behalf of your son. It is people like you that make people like me smile and have hope and comfort. God Bless you."

"Hello. My daughter was a patient at the West Penn NICU in 2013. During her stay we received a Zack Pack stuffed with toiletries, treats and so many thoughtful personal items that made pacing the halls of the hospital much more comfortable. During her stay, I was very emotional and stressed I couldn't remember what day it was let alone remember to pack a bag for the hospital. She just celebrated her first birthday. We still use our Zack Pack to get her to and from daycare."

"Words cannot express how much your services mean to us, your Zach Packs and gas cards have assisted many of our families. “

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