Pay it Forward: Mayo family reaches out to the community that helped them

Zack Mayo pictured on the left (Source: Spring for Zack fundraiser)
Zack Mayo pictured on the left (Source: Spring for Zack fundraiser)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Several people in the Wilmington area rallied to host fundraisers for a 12-year-old boy who was battling liver cancer.  Zack Mayo passed away in May after battling the disease, and now his parents want to pay the kindness forward.

The Mayo family is from Pamlico County, which is more than two hours away from Wilmington.  Thousands of people in that area are still facing the impacts from Hurricane Irene, so the Mayos want to help.

"As you know, my 12-year old son died back in May from liver cancer," said Zack's mother, Wendy Mayo.  "This county, the whole community rallied around us, during the whole time of the so called hurricane in our life. So it's an honor to support them the way they supported us."

Mayo and her husband have been living in Goose Creek since Zack's passing.  She said most of the homes there were flooded with water and have mold damage.

"Some [people] are living in tents. But to be honest, I would prefer they live in tents verses staying in their homes," explained Mayo.  "When I go in houses I wear a mask because the mold will burn your nose and throat."

Mayo said the small community is in need of volunteers who can help rebuild and remove mold from those houses.  She said monetary donations would be helpful as well, because everybody lost everything.

Mayo is happy to help her community but said she's frustrated because they need so much more.

"I'm just trying to get as much attention to these folks as possible," said Mayo.

If you would like to help the relief efforts in Pamlico County with a financial donation, send it to:

Arapahoe Freewill Baptist Church Disaster Relief Fund
P.O. Box 711
Arapahoe, NC  28510

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