Shrewsbury couple donate son’s motorcycle to raise funds for cancer organization
By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Shrewsbury – After Shrewsbury resident Scott Zenaro died at the much too young age of 36, no one would have blamed his parents, Ron and Carol, if they decided to hold onto their son’s beloved custom-built motorcycle for sentimental reasons. Instead, the couple have decided to let go of the bike via a special raffle which will benefit an organization very dear to their hearts – the Lazarex Cancer Foundation – which they credit with helping to prolong their son’s life after he was diagnosed with end stage Ewing’s sarcoma.
Although he was disabled, Scott lived a very full life, Ron said, working alongside him at his two stores, RAYCO Car Electronics in Shrewsbury and Auburn. Scott loved cars, motorcycles, snowmobiling, water skiing, playing golf, and playing the drums.
“He was always into speed,” his father recalled. “When he was little, a family friend gave him a John Deere tractor. He drove that around our pool until the wheels came off!”
But Scott’s life changed in 2004 when he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Ewing’s sarcoma.
At first he was successfully treated at Massachusetts General Hospital. When the cancer came back and spread to his lungs, he required two lung surgeries and extensive chemotherapy but the treatment was not totally successful. His oncologist felt the only option was to consider entering a clinical trial with the antibody drug R1507.
There was one problem with that and it was a big one – the expense of relocating to Santa Monica, Calif., where the trial was being run by the Sarcoma Oncology Center.
That’s where Lazarex came in. The nonprofit organization offered to pay for his living expenses, allowing Scott to undergo the treatment. He was able to live for 2-1/2 more years until succumbing to complications from the cancer on Feb. 24, 2010.
“They really do amazing work there,” Ron said. “They are so committed to giving a second chance to people who have been told there is no hope.”
According to the organization’s website, Lazarex “builds a bridge to hope, dignity and life for cancer patients and their families. We provide financial assistance to defray the costs associated with patient participation in FDA clinical trials. Additionally, we help patients navigate their clinical trial options and provide community education and outreach services.”
Although their son ultimately passed away, his legacy of courage and determination continues on through his parents, who have made it their personal mission to help Lazarex provide assistance to as many other end stage cancer patients as possible. It is a way, Ron said, to not only deal with their grief but also show their gratitude to the organization that provided a light to their son at the darkest time of his life.
In the three years since Scott’s passing, Carol has hand made and sold bracelets, for $20 each, raising an amazing $45,000, all virtually by word of mouth. Ron buys all the materials, Carol does all the work and every cent has gone to Lazarex.
“We just wear them and people admire them and before we know it, we’ve sold some!” Ron said.
For her fundraising efforts, Carol was recently given the opportunity by Lazarex supporters to spend a week in Hawaii. Instead, she and her husband decided to donate Scott’s motorcycle, the Hawaiian trip and a Keurig 700 Vue Single Cup Coffee Brewer for the Lazarez raffle fundraiser.
The motorcycle, valued at $40,000, is a Stone custom handcrafted softail, with candy blue and yellow paint and a diamond swing arm frame (250 rear tire). It has an 85HP 100-cubic-inch RevTech motor and performance machine-wheels, controls, brakes and accessories with a RevTech five-speed transmission.
The Hawaiian trip, for two people, is valued at $2,500 and is for six nights/seven days.
“All donations will be gratefully accepted,” Ron said. “For donations of $100, you will be entered into a raffle for one of these three great prizes.”
(Only 500 tickets will be available – 100 percent of every donation will go to Lazarex.)
Although he was not able to ride the motorcycle often, Scott loved it, Ron said. But not as much as another important part of his life – his dog, “Mama,” who he adopted during his illness.
Mama now lives with Ron and Carol and is a constant reminder of their beloved son.
“We really love her so much; we see Scott every day through her,” Ron said. “She’s tough and determined just like he was!”
For more information on the raffle and to purchase tickets online, visit https://lazarex.ejoinme.org/zenaroraffle. There, you can also read Scott’s story that he wrote shortly before he passed away in 2010.
For more information on Lazarex, visit www.lazarex.org.
Raffle winners will be announced at a special event at Giuseppe’s Restaurant in Northborough Saturday, Oct. 5. For more information or to make a donation contact Ron at 508-981-5050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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