Victory lap: Peoria Unified student overcomes cancer, returns to school

Senior Zach Hunzinger returned to Liberty High after nearly a year’s worth of school missed due to cancer. [Jacob Stanek/Independent Newsmedia]

Liberty High School senior Zach Hunzinger returned to school welcomed by open arms, March 13, after spending a year fighting and winning a battle with cancer.

The varsity football offensive lineman actually returned to school a few weeks earlier than expected, greeted by well-wishing signs, teammates and cheerleaders from the varsity football team, the Arizona Cardinals mascot and local media that has been covering his story.

Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a type of bone cancer — in May 2018 and had a full knee-replacement and a distal femur replacement, with several rounds of chemotherapy. As a result, he has been off campus most of his senior year.

On his first day back to school, he tweeted: First day back to school was a success!! Can not thank everyone enough for the love and support through this entire journey. #50strong #ZachIsBack

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