Author Lindsey Micheletti,
Imagine, being a youth athlete going in to the doctor for a concussion test. Then, discovering you actually had a golf-ball sized tumor in your brain resulting in cancer.
This is what happened to junior hockey player Zach Kraft, a 1993 USHL draft pick. After taking a hard hit to the head in a game playing for the Wisconsin Wilderness, where he served as the team captain, Zach had complained about terrible headaches. What he had anticipated to be a concussion going into the doctor resulted in an abnormality in his brain. He was sent to a hospital in Duluth for further testing where he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer.
Zach has always been a leader and role model for those around him. He helped lead Fargo North High School to the North Dakota State Hockey Championship just 2 years ago. He scored the game winning goal to win the State Tournament for the first time in 26 years for Fargo North.
Zach’s positive and strong-willed attitude is what is pushing him to fight through this hard time.
To help Zach and his family we have created shirts with a design made by Zach himself. We hope to help with medical funds and travel expenses, as well as creating a large support group throughout the hockey community.