Zack Mahoney

Syracuse University

Vitals: 6-2, 215-pound senior quarterback

Rare Disease Connection: Zack has formed a bond with Lillian Belfield and her family. Lillian is a little girl from Mexico, N.Y. who was diagnosed with Anaplastic astroblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer, in 2015. Zack routinely checks in for updates on Lillian, has attended her soccer games, and provides uplifting messages and support to her and her family. In April, Zack joined “Lilly’s Army” to raise money to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The members of “Lilly’s Army” shaved their heads at Syracuse’s annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser. Zack is always willing to lend his time to help bring a smile to someone’s face and his dedication to serving the community resulted in him earning the ACC’s Top Six for Service Award in 2016. As the president of Syracuse University Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, Mahoney has taken the lead role in organizing the chapter’s events to support the rare disease community.

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