Zack Kauffman was training for a marathon in November 2021 when he began noticing symptoms such as fatigue and bruising. At one point, he was training almost 20 miles a day, which eventually spiraled to barely three. After a series of blood tests, he was diagnosed with leukemia.
“I’m lucky I caught it early,” said Kauffman, a 2017 Fallston High School graduate. “But I’ve seen some of the people that weren’t so lucky.”
Kauffman has been in remission for about a month, and is now raising money to help research a cure for blood cancer and to support care for kids with cancer.
With a goal of $100,000, Kauffman is holding events to fundraise for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through his organization, Pursuit of Hoppiness, which he started with his fellow 2021 University of Maryland graduate Ethan Forrest.
So far, they’ve raised money through events such as a volleyball tournament at the University of Maryland and a softball game at the University of South Carolina. This week, Kauffman is going back to his Harford County roots by hosting a fundraiser at Looney’s Pub in Bel Air.
“These events were mainly going to be in D.C.,” said Kauffman, who now lives in Arlington, Virginia, “but I want to come back home. Harford County’s been awesome. The people here are awesome.”
The event is Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. and will feature live music, a silent auction and more.
The keystone event for Kauffman’s organization will be a charity pub crawl in D.C.’s Capitol Waterfront Neighborhood on Aug. 6. To donate to the fundraiser, visit https://events.lls.org/md/PursuitofHoppiness2022.