Friday, August 21, 2015

Tree planted at sportsplex to honor Jagger Zinzer

The New Albany Gazette | Lynn West
At the tree-planting ceremony were, from left, Heather Hogue, Mavryck Zinzer, Clay and Rafe Hogue, Cathie Gregory, Bethani Zinzer, Kerrigan and Madeline Nunnelee, Sadee Hutcheson, Jonde, Jeff and Jayni Zinzer, Mayor Tim Kent, David and Diane Rasberry, Donald and DeeDee files, Hawkyns Zinzer, Danielle, Jeremy and Jax Files, Brittani, Josh and Mace Hall, Toni, Anna and Drew Schroeder and Olivia Robbins.
A Shummard’s Oak tree was planted at BNA Bank Park this past week to commemorate the life of Jagger Zinzer.

Jagger was the infant son of Jeff and Jonde Zinzer and who died Dec. 1 this past year.

“I just laid him down for a nap and when I came back he was not breathing,” his mother, Jonde, said. “I did CPR and they got him to the hospital then airlifted him to LeBonheur but they said he had lost too much oxygen. On the second day they declared him brain dead.”

Even in the midst of their grief the family decided Jagger could still help others even if his loved ones no longer had him. Jagger’s heart and liver were donated to save the lives of two young girls and his pancreas was given for research purposes.

Since then, the family has continued to celebrate Jagger’s life by raising both public awareness and financial help for organizations that focus on young children and organ donorship.

They held a fund-raiser at the fairgrounds Aug. 8 that raised $4,500 to help Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Gideon, First Choice, and Mississippi Blood Services. Continue reading

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