Zachary Reyna, the 12-year-old boy from Labelle who fought off a rare, brain-eating amoeba, has now begun "his journey to save lives." A Facebook page devoted to Reyna posted this statement around 12:45 Tuesday morning:
"Tonight at 10:13PM, Zachary Cole Reyna began his journey to save lives. Zac donated all his organs to others that were waiting on a miracle. Through donating his organs, Zac is living on. His heart will be pumping for someone, his lungs will be taking breaths for someone and all his other organs will change the lives of many.
Zac is our miracle. His strong spirit will always be among us. He changed all of our lives, brought us closer to God, strengthened our family and his story has touched people around the world.
We thank you all for your support and prayers. If your life is not on the right track, we ask that you say this prayer:
'Father, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of my sins and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.'
Funereal arrangements have yet to be made. We will post information at a later time. God Bless you all.
Reyna contracted a rare, brain-eating amobea earlier this month after he fell into a ditch of warm, fresh water while kneeboarding.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were only 28 cases reported in the United States from 2003 to 2012. The infection occurs when the contaiminated water enters the body through the nose.
After that, the 12-year-old spent weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Miami Children's hospital, fighting for his life. Meanwhile, Reyna's story spread through social media, prompting the hash tag "Pray4Number4."
The number "4" became a symbol for Zachary - even making it on t-shirts. Kimberly Marroquin designed a special graphic to represent the hope for a positive outcome, since if the young boy survived the amoeba, he would have become only the 4th known survivor of the rare infection.
Tens of thousands of dollars have been raised for the Reyna's through various fundraisers and donations, and possibly just as many prayers.