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My Honored Teammates: Dayle Zukor & Jacob Alexander Macias
Mar 21, 2014 by John Weiskopf

     My first honored teammate is Dayle Zukor. She is the wife of a close friend Abram Zukor in Los Angeles, California. At 63 years old, Dayle was diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia a form of CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia).

     Dayle is a grandmother of six, mother of two sons, wife, and successful interior designer. She was in a convent for one year studying to be a nun so she could "do for others & help the world become a better place." Later in her life, she converted to Judaism.Even with her CLL, with monthly IVIG immunotherapy treatments, and periodic hydrations, Dayle volunteers one day a week at the hospital. Her CLL leukemia was complicated by a lung disease called bronchiectasis which was diagnosed eight years earlier, so her treatment in August 2010 for Hairy Cell Leukemia became not only complicated, but grueling. For eight days, she had chemotherapy treatments that wiped out all of cancer cells along with the healthy immune, disease-fighting cells in her body.

     April 16, 2012, Dayle addressed the Tower Cancer Foundation. This is an excerpt from her speech: "Let me say what cancer cannot be allowed to take from us: it cannot be permitted to cripple our ability to love or invade our souls, it must never shatter our hopes or dreams, it cannot be allowed to destroy our peace and cannot silence our courage and our spirit."

     Dayle Zukor is a true inspiration. Courageous, wise, loving and kind, she says, "I do not deserve to live in place of a child, a younger person, or a parent with younger children. I have lived a full blessed life."

     My second honored teammate is Jacob Alexander Macias who died on Dec. 30, 2012 at 23 years old after a battle with leukemia.


 

       He fought hard and remained positive through this tough battle. He was his Momma’s sweet baby and his brother’s best friend. He always had a sweet and beautiful smile wherever he went and touched so many people throughout his short life. He always had a moment for anyone; ready to listen, give advice or to even debate his way of thinking. He was always contemplating life and what was most important: family, friends, love and life.

     Jacob was born in Victoria on Sept. 10, 1989, and through his life, enjoyed many travels and enjoyed life as a “military brat” to Europe, Hawaii and within the U.S. He graduated from Killeen High School in 2007 where he played football and wrestled. He attended Central Texas College and soon realized he needed to see more of the world. He joined the U.S. Navy to follow his parents’ military role — to make a change in the world for children everywhere. Mr. Macias lost his beloved father, Staff Sgt. German Estrada, shortly thereafter.

     Jacob Macias was an avid sports fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Texas Longhorns and Houston Astros, loved to shoot pool, write poems and random, wonderful, hard-hitting thoughts and draw. He had an awesome personality and wonderful character. He enjoyed hanging out with his brother, Joshua Estrada, numerous friends and “bros,” eating his favorite burger from Non Stop Burger, eating tacos from the taco truck at Starlite, and listening to music of all types. His favorite, “The Lord Loves a Drinking Man,” cruising in “Shelley,” his car.

     Jacob dreamed of one day opening his own business, be it a pool hall or place for friends to gather and hang out. Where he was, there was laughter, fun and music. He was loved tremendously and will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

    During his last year, he worked hard from his hospital bed and even attended a few bone marrow and blood drives in hopes of finding a donor and to increase awareness of the challenges and heart ache that leukemia can bring regardless of gender, race or age. His heart was broken for the children, teenagers and people of his own age, and he had decided to start a foundation, “Jacob’s Journey,” in hopes of bringing happiness to them.

    One of his physical therapists said of Jacob:

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

"Ms. Barbara,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Jacob, my love & prayers go out to you and your family. Jacob was such sweet and caring person who fought hard while touching so many people during his stay here at the hospital. I truly enjoyed working with him and wanted to personally thank you and your family for allowing me to work with Jacob daily, he was an awesome blessing to my life. I already miss our conversations and walks around the leukemia nurses station.
With Sympathy,
Jamie, Physical Therapist"
 
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    "Thank you for the opportunity to contribute"
     

    Ernest Siravo

    Tue Aug 13 01:29:49 EDT 2013

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    "Best of luck John! I stand behind you. -Jason"
     

    Jason Meyer

    Sun Aug 18 09:58:52 EDT 2013

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    "Have a great ride!!"
     

    John Lydon

    Fri Aug 23 05:38:08 EDT 2013

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    "Continue to fight the good fight!"
     

    The Culmer family

    Sun May 04 02:06:03 EDT 2014

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    "In recognition of the courage and spirit of your honored teammate, Dayle Zukor, who has been one of my heroes for more than 50 years."
     

    Mary Ann Maxwell

    Sun May 25 10:58:27 EDT 2014

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    "Cancer sucks."
     

    Linda Rioux

    Sun Sep 01 02:57:54 EDT 2013

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    "Good for you, John! A great mission. Sincerely, Jeanne and Lenny Marks"
     

    Anonymous

    Wed Jul 03 08:42:03 EDT 2013

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    "WeI applaud what you are doing and are honored to support our good friend, Dayle. Linda & John "
     

    Linda & John

    Fri Jul 05 02:09:23 EDT 2013

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    "Go John! I am proud of you. "
     

    Irwin Stalk

    Wed Apr 30 07:27:03 EDT 2014

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    "John Weiskopf screwed up my life by giving me my start in Hollywood. It's too late for me; so I can only get him back by helping him save others to make up for it. Thanks John!"
     

    Chris Kobin

    Fri Aug 23 04:19:50 EDT 2013

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    "It is great to see you still out there riding for this great cause."
     

    Emmanuel Paliungas

    Fri Aug 23 12:16:11 EDT 2013

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    "Way to go John! Thanks for helping this important cause! GO TEAM!"
     

    Trent Family

    Tue Aug 13 04:43:29 EDT 2013

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My Thanks To

Mary Ann Maxwell $1000.00
John Lydon $100.00
Melissa Haylock $50.00
Chris Kobin $50.00
Melissa Haylock $50.00
The Culmer family $35.00
Amy Hale $25.00
michael nance $25.00
Emmanuel Paliungas $25.00
Ernest Siravo $25.00
Amy Hale $25.00
Irwin Stalk  
Linda Rioux  
Jason Meyer  
Trent Family  
Linda & John