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Delray man fighting Hodgkins lymphoma for third time needs bone marrow donor

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A local 25 year old needs your help as he continues to fight for his life. Zach Schuerger of Delray Beach is battling Hodgkins lymphoma for the third time now and doctors say his only chance is a bone marrow donor. The problem is, he can't find a match.

"He is very bright, quite witty," said Zach's mother Vicki Schuerger

Zach Schuerger was your average care-free college kid back in 2009. Majoring in history at Barry University. But his whole life was about to change.

"Was having strange problems.  He was tired, itching.  I would have to say that itching was probably the worst," said Vicki.

To doctors, it was a mystery. Until a few months later he noticed something else. A lump in his throat. This time around he was sent to a cancer specialist.

"The doctor talked to him, hadn't even seen any results and told him what he had," said Vicki.

Zach had Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer that originates in white blood cells and spreads to the lymph nodes. Zach went through the grueling process of stem cell replacement therapy.

"Various drugs going through his body. Can't move. Can't talk and you feel like any moment you're going to lose your child," said Vicki.

He's now been through this twice. Both times, a sense of hope after initial scans following the stem cell therapy came back clean. But his cancer would return this past April.

"When a person has it reoccur 3 times, as it was explained to us it comes back with a vengeance," said Vicki.

Only this time, when Zach needs it most, he can't find a bone marrow match for another round of stem cell therapy.

"Without the transplant, they're saying that he would most likely not see the end of 2013," said Vicki.

From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m Thursday, a bone marrow drive is being held for Zach at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Palm Beach Gardens office, at 4360 Northlake Boulevard.Delray man fighting Hodgkins lymphoma for third time needs bone marrow donor

Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:18 PM EDT

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