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Lederer lives on through Zaching Against Cancer [Commentary]

When Zach Lederer passed away last March at the age of 20 following his courageous battle against brain cancer, many of us felt that, although he was no longer with us, he would be remembered for years to come.

That is apparently a reality now that the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation lives on and is continuing to provide support for cancer patients through scholarships, research and outreach programs.

His family launched that foundation in 2012, after the former University of Maryland student gained national and international recognition through the photo of him flexing his biceps following brain surgery. That photograph went all over the world, and soon people were flexing from Asia to who knows where. Zaching T-shirts were popping up everywhere.

Nightmare Graphics and the Turf Valley Towne Square will be hosting the second Annual Turf Valley Trot 10K and Fun Walk on Nov. 23 at the Turf Valley Towne Square Shopping Center in Ellicott City on behalf of the foundation.

Those who do the 10K will cover the entire 18-hole cart path of the original Turf Valley Golf Course. The cost is $50, but is only $35 for those who register before Nov. 10. The cost is $60 on the day of the event.

The Fun Walk costs $20 and children under the age of eight are admitted free. To register, go to bullseyerunning.com/turf-valley-trot-10k-supporting-zaching-against-cancer.

Zach Lederer was always about doing for others. And, sure enough, he will once again be doing for others through the work of his foundation.

Ellicott City Soccer Club

It sounds like the new Ellicott City Soccer Club is off to a flying start if the numbers I have received are even remotely accurate. In the club's first-year tryout, over 600 kids showed up and 325 of those in attendance were selected to play on one of 26 teams.

It shows me, right off the bat, that there is a need for another soccer club here and that soccer is more than just alive and well in Howard County.

There is a third element that has to be discussed. When I attended the announcement ceremony of this club at Turf Valley, a number of people brought up a "new philosophy" and club officials are citing this as one reason for the large turnout.

Another matter quickly comes to mind. Almost all of the people I met and know in this new club originated from the Soccer Association of Columbia.

The club has scheduled a kick off event on Sept. 19 at Chapelgate Christian Academy's soccer stadium. There will be a coach's game and some familiar names such as Wade Whitney, Lincoln and Derek Phillips, along with Matt Nesbitt who will be there for a kickoff and barbecue.

Submitting sports information

I often get asked why some organizations get more ink than others.

The answer is simple. The organizations with some sort of public relations get their material to us on a fairly regular basis. Those who either have no individuals tasked with getting their material to the media, or simply choose not to, get little ink.

It is simple to get stuff either in my column or in the newspaper in general. Just let us know what's going on with your group. We are an email away, and we would be happy to consider including your organization in this publication.

One important point is that the Flier and the Times are no longer stationed in Columbia. The office for both papers is now in Baltimore.

That means advanced notice for events is even more critical.

Our goal is to provide coverage for as many groups and organizations as we can. That comes through in-game reporting, features and this column. Sometimes, however, the staff can only find out so much. To make up the difference, it takes a helping hand every now and then.

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