Zcharia came to Kansas City in 2005. He soon became involved with the Kerala Association of Kansas City and became the sports coordinator. He became an active member of the volleyball community in Kansas City, participating in their Friday practices, local tournaments, and even the famous Jimmy George Volleyball Tournament held in New York. More than playing, he enjoyed connecting with people and introduced many people to volleyball. In 2010, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. This put a damper on his ability to play the game he enjoyed. But soon after his first treatment of chemotherapy, he started playing volleyball with his friends again. This ended soon towards the middle of 2013 as his disease got worse. On December 21st, 2013, Zcharia Jose passed away.

In 2015, his family and close friends decided to put together a tournament in his remembrance. Out of the success of that tournament came the Zcharia Memorial Foundation. This organization was created to provide an effective means of organizing and running future tournaments. This foundation aims to run fun-filled sports events in his memorial and use its proceeds to help the local community grow, by focusing on cancer and child care. But most of all, it strives to share the ideals that Zcharia Jose wholeheartedly believed in, love and joy.

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, we at the Zacharia Jose Memorial Foundation wish to express our heartfelt gratitude for your support and remind you of our upcoming event. We are honored to organize a Thanksgiving meal for the residents of Hope Lodge in Kansas City, scheduled for Monday, November 20th, between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.
Hope Lodge, a haven for those undergoing cancer treatments, represents more than just a medical facility; it's a place of hope and comfort. Our foundation, inspired by Zacharia Jose's legacy, recognizes the importance of community support during challenging times. By providing a Thanksgiving meal, we aim to offer warmth, comfort, and a sense of togetherness to those at Hope Lodge.
This meaningful gesture has been made possible by the incredible generosity and involvement of our community. Your contributions, whether through donations, volunteering your time, or simply spreading awareness, have been instrumental in bringing this event to life. It's truly inspiring to witness our community unite in supporting those in need, embodying the values of empathy and solidarity.
We extend our deepest thanks to the volunteers and staff who have dedicated their efforts to ensure this meal is not only nourishing but also served with affection and care. Your commitment is the cornerstone of making this event a memorable and joyous occasion.
As we look forward to this special evening on November 20th, we are reminded of the compassion and strength that thrive within our community. Your continued support motivates us to persist in making a positive impact in the lives of those around us.
Thank you once again for your kindness and for joining us in bringing a moment of joy and community spirit to the residents of Hope Lodge this Thanksgiving.

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