Why I'm Running
In memory of my daughter Vivi and her fight against cancer
About Team Jacoby

At our 28 week ultrasound appointment, while we were pregnant with twins, our doctors gave us the devastating news that our daughter, Jacoby, was critically ill.

Jacoby was diagnosed with non-immune hydrops fetalis, a severe, life-threatening condition in which abnormal amounts of fluid build up in two or more parts in the body of a fetus or newborn. Jacoby had accumulation of fluid in her chest cavity, around her lungs, and within layers of skin causing severe edema (swelling). She was given a 5 percent chance to make it to a live birth, and if she lived, another 5 percent chance to survive. We were completely crushed, feeling helpless knowing no medical heroics could be taken as it would risk the life of the Jacoby’s healthy twin Sister, Jenna.

On June 1, 2013, at only 31 weeks old, Jacoby was delivered. Jacoby was born 2 pounds heavier than her twin Sister Jenna - all fluid, her body swollen and skin stretched. Jacoby has to endure several chest tubes to drain the fluid which was restricting her breathing and lung development. After several months, and very good progress, Jacoby was still the sickest child in the NICU. Jacoby endured a number of life-saving procedures, including two evasive surgeries on her left and right lung. Jacoby could also never extubate and breathe on her own without the use of a ventilator, so a tracheotomy was placed to help Jacoby breathe. Jacoby spent 10 months in the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Main Campus NICU and 6 months at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation before finally going home.

Jacoby is 6 years old and has such a JOY for life. She's been ventilator-free for several years and breathes on her own. Jacoby uses leg braces to assist with walking. Even though she is mostly nonverbal, she is learning new words every day and communicates using ASL (American Sign Language).

So many odds stack against Jacoby, a 5% chance to make it to a live birth, a 5% chance to survive if she did make it to a live birth, brain dead, never breathe on her own without mechanical assistance, never sit-up, never walk, never talk, never eat by mouth, but Jacoby’s fighting spirit has allowed her to overcome so much in her short life. We are very blessed and honored to have this incredible opportunity to share Jacoby's powerful journey of her ultimate fight to live, even with all the odds stacked against her.

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The Nord Family
13 days ago

In memory of Viv❤️

$50.00
The Yates Family
14 days ago

Viv continues to inspire us all daily to conquer this dreadful disease. Congrats on another amazing job raising awareness and funds to support others living through their cancer journeys.

$100.00
The Polantz Family
16 days ago

In memory of Viv who has been an inspiration for so many. #vivstrong

$24.00
Tom&Sue Murphy
16 days ago

❤️Vivian Rose

$25.00
Pete Honsberger
16 days ago

Keep going Streak

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Amanda Maggiotto
16 days ago

An amazing event for an amazing cause! Vivi impacted people who have never met her (including me!) and she still is! Congratulations Zaratsian family!

Bobby Cugini
16 days ago

#vivstrong

$48.00
The Jehling Family
17 days ago
$120.00
The Vorobels
17 days ago

go GI!

$24.00
Kylie Earl & Family
17 days ago

We are so proud of you! 💪🏼💜

$25.00
Beth
17 days ago

Go Team Vivi!

Katie ONeill
17 days ago

Forever Viv strong!!

$45.00
Lauren Elliott
17 days ago

For your family and your sweet girl.

$30.00
Jessica Evans
17 days ago
$50.00
Casey McCluskey
17 days ago
$25.00
Katie Stoltman
17 days ago

In memory of sweet Viv.

$120.00
Tommy & Jennifer McDonald
17 days ago

For Vivi

$50.00
Julie and Brett Andress
17 days ago
$100.00
Croweclan
17 days ago

Keep running, don’t give up! You’ve got this! #vivstrong

$120.00
Kristen Nagle
17 days ago

💖In memory of Vivi, a bright and shining star. 💖

$24.00
Karen Perez
17 days ago

Run faster! :)

$24.00
Mike and Kristen Salata
17 days ago
$100.00
Gary Wiggins
17 days ago

You’ve got this!

$30.00
King Family
17 days ago

In Memory of Vivian

$100.00
Gladstone Family
17 days ago

Tribute to the Zaratsian Family.

$240.00
Dana Ginley
17 days ago
$24.00
Ann Ramer
17 days ago

In memory of your beautiful daughter, Viv

$48.00
Kokoczka
17 days ago
$24.00
Noelle, Joey, Cat & Marty
17 days ago

Thinking of your sweet angel and family today 💕 Good luck!

$24.00
Chelsey & Mark Sabtino
18 days ago

#Vivstrong

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The Murphy’s
21 days ago

Viv

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The McCarthy’s
22 days ago
Maggie Sawyer, Daniel Steinberg
22 days ago

For Vivi <3

$48.00
Hujarski
22 days ago

For viv and all who love her!

$24.00
Anthony Pauley
22 days ago

Good luck!

$120.00
Matt and Kelly Whipple
22 days ago
$50.00
Logan Rogers
22 days ago
$48.00
The McDonalds
22 days ago

In honor of my hero!

The O’Connor Crew
22 days ago

💚

$50.00
Victor Lewis
22 days ago

#VIVSTRONG

$24.00
Tara Seeman
22 days ago

You and your family make such a difference!!

$24.00
The Ksobiech Family
29 days ago
$50.00
Doorhy Family
1 month ago
$50.00
Marks Family
1 month ago
$75.00
Mike Hattub
1 month ago

#VivStrong

$500.00
Steve, Megan, and Larry
1 month ago
$100.00
Margaux and Michael Murphy
1 month ago

In Memory of Viv

$100.00
AMY LANG
1 month ago

In memory of Viv #VIVSTRONG

$100.00
RE/MAX Results, Bettie Schmikla
2 months ago

Great Job, G.I.....

$50.00
Kevin and Lisa Kruchan
2 months ago

In memory of sweet Viv.

$24.00
Scott and Traci Kruchan
3 months ago

For Viv and all battling the fight

$24.00
Tom and Brianna Barrett
3 months ago
$100.00
Gavin and Brittany Kruchan
3 months ago

#Vivstrong

$20.00
The Belt Family
3 months ago
$100.00
The Miller Squad
3 months ago

In memory of Sweet Viv!

The Sommers Family
3 months ago

In memory of sweet Viv and her amazing, inspiring spirit

$25.00
The Donatelli Family
3 months ago
$120.00
Tommy & Jennifer McDonald
3 months ago

For Viv!

$50.00
Marc, Mary, Liam & Milo
3 months ago

In memory of sweet Vivi girl 💜

$100.00
Anthony Pauley
3 months ago

Love you guys!

$100.00
Dan and Amber Zaratsian
3 months ago
$100.00
The Ellis/Nelson Family
3 months ago

Dear sweet Vivian Zaratsian 💕

$50.00
Jim Jamison
3 months ago
$24.00
Ashley & Grant Hoskinson
3 months ago

In memory of your sweet Viv girl

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The Detwiler’s
3 months ago

In memory of our sweet Vivi girl

$48.00
Maeve and Nora
3 months ago

We love our friend Vivi 😘

$25.00
The Baileys
3 months ago

Proud of you G.I.! All our love for sweet Vivi. Always in our hearts.

$25.00
Keough Family
3 months ago
$24.00
Bridget Uhrich
3 months ago
$24.00
Michele Baker (Fulton)
3 months ago

Thinking of you guys!

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Melissa Najda
3 months ago

Good luck GI!!!

$24.00
Beth
3 months ago

In memory of sweet Viv

$24.00
Deb Straniero
3 months ago

In memory of sweet Viv in her Belle dress 😍

$120.00
Tom McSweeney
3 months ago

Good Luck!

$120.00
Grace & Geoff Abrahams
3 months ago
$100.00
Murphy Family
3 months ago
$100.00
Sarah Scava
3 months ago
$15.00