Zachary’s Kindness Fund
Zachary’s Kindness Fund, established in 2019, is a tribute to the memory of Zachary Ezbiansky Pavese. He was born on August 11th, 2011, and was the youngest of three sons of Karin Ezbiansky Pavese and Marc Pavese. He died June 29th, 2016, just before his 5th birthday, from complications related to his leukemia diagnosis.
Zachary had many wonderful qualities not least being his kindness and empathy for others, especially other children in need of help. It would not be uncommon for Zachary to ask “Where is their mommy?” when observing a child crying or looking sad. Our fund is intended to honor Zachary by finding ways to help children succeed and find happiness in a world that can often be harsh and difficult to navigate for those without strong support systems. Funds collected will be donated to organizations that support children in need. We hope to bring some “kindness” to them as Zachary wanted.
As a way of both gathering with family and friends to remember him while also raising some funds for the Zachary Kindness Fund, a memorial walk will be held on the evening of October 19th, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, in honor of Zachary. The walk will take place in the evening starting at Cobble Hill Park and ending at the PS29 schoolyard, where Zachary spent a happy preK year in 2015/16. The money we raise this year will be donated to the Pajama Program. The Pavese family has been working with the Pajama Program and feel that they are helping children with the same kindness that Zachary valued.
More details and an opportunity to register can be found here:
There is ABSOLUTELY no obligation to donate to the Fund to join the walk.
Although Zachary’s life was short, he did experience life. He saw the Hudson Valley and Upstate NY, traveled to the west coast, and made his first trip to Europe visiting Venice, Rome, and Pompeii. He loved Star Wars and spent many hours playing related games with his brothers. He loved listening to the Star Wars soundtrack, Vivaldi, and Hamilton. He saw the NYC Ballet and was hospitalized with his initial leukemia diagnosis just missing his first Broadway show. He also had hoped to see Hamilton after his induction phase of cancer treatment concluded.
Zachary’s traits shined through from an early age. He was always extremely sensitive, kind, empathetic, and shy, but full of life and charisma around his family and close friends. He had an amazing smile that just warmed your heart. He was the happiest when with his twin brothers, and the three were often mistaken for triplets. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would reply a “first grader” (at the time, this was the grade his twin brothers were in). He also loved spending time at his home in Saratoga Springs, NY and cherished his “Saratoga friends” with whom he would swim, golf, and play hide out games. Zach was a master builder utilizing almost anything you put in front of him – legos, zoobs, bristle blocks, wooden blocks, plus plus.
We hope he will forever live in our hearts and in the memories of all who knew him.
- Karin Pavese
- Marc Pavese
CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:
Zachary’s Kindness Fund
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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.
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