Claremore Daily Progress

Community News

May 20, 2014

‘Once-in-a-lifetime’

Former OU superstars attend benefit dinner in support of local family

CLAREMORE —

Claremore residents Cheena and Steve Pazzo hosted a dinner Sunday at their home in suppport of local seven-year-old Zip Gordon, who was diagnosed with a rare, debilitating disease known as Fibrodysplashia Ossidicans Progressiva (FOP) three years ago. 
Among those in attendance were former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys football coach Barry Switzer, along with former OU players Joe Washington, Billy Sims, Greg Pruitt and Victor Hicks.
Cheena said to share a meal with such wonderful people was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her and her family.
“Coach, Billy, Joe, Greg and Victor went out of their way to support Zip and his family, and it makes a difference in our ability to collectively find a cure for this disease,” she said. 
“It helps us shine a light on this cause in a very meaningful way.”
Sunday’s dinner was purchased by Barry and Tracy Reynolds, Brad and Kristi Mallett and Susan and Brent Dake at the ZipperQ fundraiser in October 2013. The annual fundraiser offers people a way to donate funds to assist in FOP research as scientists work to find a cure for the disease.
Sometimes referred to as “stone man syndrome,” FOP causes bone to form in muscles, tendons and connective tissue — eventually enclosing the patient in a second skeleton. Since his diagnosis in July 2011, Zip’s parents Amy and Jacob Gordon, as well as, family members, friends and the community have organized ZipperQ. In the past two years, the event has helped raise a total of $270,000.
“We love the Gordon family,” Cheena said. “Steve and I have known Jacob since grade school and we’d do anything to help them.”
She said her family appreciates the support from the Reynolds Mallett and Dake families.
“We all live in Claremore and this is very much a community effort. We’re all in this together.”
The third annual ZipperQ event will take place Oct. 4 at the Claremore Expo.
For more information on the fundraiser or to make a donation, visit zipperq.org.

1
Text Only
Community News
  • OHCE state meeting Oowala OHCE Group attends state conference in Norman

    The 79th Annual State Conference of Oklahoma Home and Community Education was held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, Okla. on July 13-15, 2014.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Child abuse awareness Timms brings child abuse awareness to Claremore
    Rodney Timms, a child abuse survivor, will visit the Rogers County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Wednesday as part of his 77 county tour.
     

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Silent Auction Saturday at First Presbyterian Church Claremore

    First Presbyterian Church Claremore will host a Silent Auction from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 19.
    All items remaining in the two houses on 5th Street —105 and 109 E. 5th Street — will be auctioned off, among them, light fixtures, doors, cabinets, shelving, flooring, and more.

    July 18, 2014

  • American Red Cross offers volunteer opportunities

     Disasters don’t take summer vacations. American Red Cross volunteers are needed year round to help those struggling with the loss of their homes and belongings because of disaster.

    July 17, 2014

  • Paula Deen Keen on Deen

    Two weeks ago, Claremore resident Susan Hammett-Krackov took her daughter, Robin Baldwin, on a Mother’s Day excursion to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to meet celebrity chef Paula Deen. 

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zebra band kicks off summer practice
    A new school year is approaching, and for the Claremore High School Band, that means summer rehearsals.
     

    July 8, 2014

  • Hazel Mooney celebrates 100 years

    Hazel Mooney, a Claremore resident at The Brookfield, is celebrating her 100th birthday party this week.

    July 4, 2014

  • Willis Dr. Willis honored as a ‘Woman of Inspiration’

    Rogers State University’s Dr. Susan Willis was recognized as a Woman of Inspiration for serving her community with relentless dedication and passion while impacting the lives of area youth and community members.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • U Pick Them Berry picking on the 4th

    Sandra Patterson has her home on land that has been passed down in her family for over 100 years. In 2009 she and her husband, David, decided to do something with all of their acreage.  

    July 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • Edwards-Matheson named new Red Cross Advisory Board Chair

    Misty Edwards-Matheson is the new Advisory Board Chair for the Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center of the American Red Cross.

    July 1, 2014