Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is proud to introduce Zachary Nazareno as its patient ambassador for the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Zachary, age 10, has been a patient at the Northern California Shriners Hospital since August 2011, when doctors at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center referred him to the Shriners regional pediatric medical center in Sacramento for treatment of a rare bacterial infection (Group A streptococcus). Zachary’s care has been coordinated by the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of specialists – including burn surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists. Zachary wears prosthetic legs that are custom-designed and fabricated by the Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Services – West, LLC, specialists at the Northern California Shriners Hospital.
An avid fan of golf, Zachary attended the 2012 and 2013 PGA tournament with his family and is fine-tuning his own game.
“Golf is a sport that Zachary enjoys. He has been taking golf lessons for the past couple of months and is excited to walk alongside the professional golfers as a patient ambassador,” said his father, Gerard Nazareno.
Zachary was chosen as one of 22 patient ambassadors to represent the hospital network at the tournament. He will serve as a standard bearer, carrying the scores of a group of professional golfers as they compete in the final rounds of the tournament November 5–6. It is a rare “behind the ropes” opportunity at the PGA TOUR event, as well as the chance to share how Shriners Hospitals have helped transform his life.
Zachary is an active fifth grader and lives in Mountain House, California. Zachary competed in a duathalon in October 2015. He enjoys other sports, including sled hockey and wheelchair basketball. His favorite subjects are history and science. His hobbies include building Legos, fishing and reading. Zachary is excited to represent the Northern California Shriners Hospital at the PGA tournament.