“A True Hero”
Written By: Helaina Rehs, Waverly Park Elementary School, 5th Grade
Date: April 2014
Sometimes heroes are mistaken for characters that superpowers, but if you focus on the people who love, you will find someone just as good. My hero is someone who is kind, considerate, and the most warmhearted person I know and would do ANYTHING to help anyone. He was like a “brother” to me. His name is Zachary Bernstein.
At age 10, Zach was diagnosed with cancer. He had an inoperable brain tumor. Zach was vey strong during the many procedures and medications he was faced with. Zach had surgeries without a single complaint. He put everyone before himself, even though he really was the one who had to be first.
During these tough times, there wasn’t much Zach could do. He could no longer play his favorite sport of soccer or do anything active, but Zach’s love for art never faded. He was an excellent artist. By the time Zach was 11, he was very different. He just wanted to be a normal kid again, or at least be treated like one.
Unfortunately, I lost one of my “brothers”. It feels like only yesterday we were running around our hotel in Washington, DC or racing down the ski slopes in Vermont. I miss all the fun, crazy adventures. We went on together.
I remember almost every Sunday my brother and I would go to the Bernstein’s house and play Monopoly or draw pictures together. I remember always looking forward to these Sunday nights because I loved Zach and I would team up during our last minute Monopoly games and win it all. I love how Zach would teach me how to draw new things in art.
When I lost Zach, I lost a part of me. He was such an amazing person. He lit up every room he went into with his witty jokes and his warm heart. He had a spark that never ran out.
Zach was an amazing person. He went over and beyond to make someone happy. If you were to ask me, these are the qualities a hero should possess. Heroes aren’t just people who save the day; heroes are people who make each day a little more special….a little more unique. Zach is my hero and always will be.
“It Takes A Village”