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Breakfast and auction to benefit cancer-stricken dairyman

Zach and Suzanne Meck

By SHERRY BUNTING
Special for Farmshine

RICHLAND, Pa. -- Friends of dairyman Zach Meck of Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pa. have organized a special pancake benefit breakfast and silent auction for Saturday January 11, from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Tulpehocken UCC Church located at 961 Tulpehocken Road, Richland.

Proceeds of the by-donation-breakfast and auction will benefit Zach Meck and his wife Suzanne as a show of support -- from friends, family and the farming community -- in Zach’s battle with cancer.

Zach and Suzanne were married in June of 2012. He and his brother, Jeremy, own and operate Meck Brothers Dairy, where they milk 170 cows and grow crops just outside of Womelsdorf. The brothers grew up on their parents’ poultry farm in Lancaster County and developed an early passion for dairy cattle as 4-Hers and young Holstein club members.

In September 2013, Zach was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. He has spent the past few months undergoing treatment, and while his passion and determination have shown through, this has been a challenging time for the young couple.

The pancake benefit breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee, and the cost of breakfast is by donation. A variety of farm and non-farm items will be offered in the silent auction.

Friends, family, and community are invited to participate in this time of fellowship that will at the same time show support for Zach and Suzanne Meck.

Distant friends -- via facebook -- have already begun organizing group donations -- and in some cases group travel plans -- reflecting the way that Zach and his wife have touched the lives of many fellow dairy enthusiasts with their passion for cattle and the dairy industry.

For those who want to participate but cannot attend, contributions can be made payable to Zach or Suzanne Meck and mailed to Tulpehocken UCC, Attn : Meck Pancake Breakfast, 961 Tulpehocken Rd., Richland, PA 17087

Martha Pool of Fantasyland Holsteins is organizing the silent auction. Questions about auction items and donations can be directed to Martha at 484-357-9833.