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Child dies 3 years ago, asked to attend event as cancer survivor 3 times

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Zack's mother said their family received a letter from the American Cancer Society two years ago asking for their son to attend the event as a survivor. Zack's mother said their family received a letter from the American Cancer Society two years ago asking for their son to attend the event as a survivor.
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) - Zack Mayo lost his battle to liver cancer almost three years ago, but the American Cancer Society is still asking for him to attend the Relay for Life as a survivor.

Zack's mother said their family has received a letter from the American Cancer Society every year since Zack's death asking for their son to attend the event. Wendy Mayo wrote back to the ASC informing them that her 12-year-old son had died, and this week she received another letter asking for the same thing.

The American Cancer Society is calling the mistake a "clerical error" however, Wendy said it's just another reminder that her son is gone.

"You can prepare for birthdays and anniversaries and different monumental kinds of occasions and even holidays and things like that, but you go to the mailbox and get something like this," Wendy said. "Are you kidding me?"

Now she wants the American Cancer Society to take responsibility and apologize.

"This year, I just decided enough is enough. You've had some time here. I made a request, and you didn't honor that request," Wendy said.

Wendy says she and her son were never involved with the ACS, and she is pushing the society to clean up its database.

In response the American Cancer Society released this statement:

"A clerical error resulted in the family receiving this mailing. The American Cancer Society's mission is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. We truly regret any grief which the family experienced and we are reaching out to the family directly to express our sincere apologies."

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