Inspiration behind 'Zaching' succumbs to cancer

Vigil planned for Zach Lederer

The inspirational former University of Maryland basketball manager Zach Lederer died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Members of the Maryland basketball team planned a candlelight vigil for Lederer for 11 p.m. Tuesday night outside of the Comcast Center.

Lederer was an inspiration for his lifelong battle with cancer . He became an Internet sensation after a picture began circulating the Web of Lederer “Zaching ” – a pose for which he flexes his biceps. It was all the more impressive that he maintained a positive attitude while confined to a hospital bed.

Lederer was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 11 years old.  Respected neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson removed the tumor, which put Lederer in a week-long coma. He recovered and would go on to be a positive influence for others battling cancer.

Lederer spent the next few years “living the dream,” he would say on Twitter. Lederer discovered a tumor had grown back in 2012. His family confirmed that he succumb to his cancer Tuesday, March 11. He was 20 years old.

 
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