COLUMBUS, Ohio – UPDATE: Ohio State baseball pitcher Zach Farmer has died Tuesday morning, following his second bout with leukemia. He was 21-years-old.
It was 3 months ago, Zach Farmer stood on the Ohio State baseball mound, cancer free on the one year anniversary of his one-year diagnosis for acute myeloid leukemia.
He threw a fastball, right down the middle. But on July 15th, life threw him a curveball. His cancer had returned.
“The doctors told me there’s not really much they can do with this cancer returning back,” said Farmer. “The options were limited but just got to keep fighting. I’m going to get through it and I’m going to get back on that mound.”
Standing by his side through it all, his girlfriend Kelsie. After dating for four years, the two decided to tie the knot, four days after his diagnosis.
“It was coming up soon anyways so we figured we’d just go ahead and get married,” said Farmer. “I wouldn’t have anybody else with me. She’s been a warrior. She’s something special.”
And Kelsie did something special for her new husband, helping to arrange for Zach to speak to his favorite baseball player of all-time Randy Johnson, just days before his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“I talked to him and he said he was just going to give me a wave at the end of the speech but he actually mentioned my name”, said Farmer.
In his speech, Johnson said to the crowd of thousands in Cooperstown, NY, “Zach, I love you. I’ve never met you before but hang in there.”
“I started crying”, said Farmer. “This was like wow. For someone of his stature to mention me is amazing. It really meant something to me”.
So has the support from everyone, in his hometown of Piketon, to his Ohio State teammates and many more.
“It’s hard to say thanks because you never give enough thanks for what everybody’s done but thank you”, said Farmer.
To learn more about the national bone marrow registry, visit his website at zf11.org