|Published:||Aug 27, 2013 11:04 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 27, 2013 5:40 PM EDT|
LABELLE, Fla. - Zachary Reyna's hometown of LaBelle cannot think of the young fighter without also thinking of the words "love" and "community."
The 12-year-old's battle against a brain-eating amoeba rallied supporters in Southwest Florida and around the world, who organized prayer vigils and fundraising events for the Reyna family.
"That love that was in him has been passed on to others," said Frank Deerey, pastor of First Baptist Church of LaBelle.
Deerey has seen the impact the boy's story has had on the community, both spiritually and connectively.
"They have taken leadership to plan fundraiser events, prayer events for them to come together," Deerey said, adding he thinks that togetherness will last.
But it turns out, Zac's story does not stop there.
With the family's decision to donate his organs, Zac gave others one final gift -- the second chance for life he never got.
Kimberly Marroquin, creator of the iconic "#Pray4Number4" graphic, which became a symbol on t-shirts and social media for Zac's struggle, redesigned the logo to reflect his passing. It now says "#4changedtheworld." Marroquin said while countless supporters prayed for the miracle of Zac's recovery, they had no idea other families would ultimately receive their own miracles of life through the young boy.
It's a sentiment echoed by others in LaBelle.
"Him being able to share that and share those organs with others, to be able to give life to others is a great blessing," said Tara Sherrod, a former teacher of Zac's.
Saturday, friends are holding a softball tournament to raise money for the Reyna family. It's at Davis Pratt Park at 9 a.m. Teams must be submitted and registration paid by Thursday. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.