While attending his family reunion in Orlando, Fla., Nathaniel Zinnerman Jr., known as “JJ,” became seriously ill and required immediate surgery. He was put in an induced coma for three weeks due to the seriousness of his life threatening condition. Although he is currently out of the coma, he is still in critical condition in the ICU unit at Dr. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. His wife and family have been by his side the entire time, and his condition has caused emotional and financial stress with them having to stay in hotels, according to friend Lyon Bell.
JJ and his family live in Hoffman and he grew up in the Wayman Chapel community of Richmond County, Bell said. He served in the Army as a Medical Parts Specialist. He and his wife Tina have one daughter in college and a teen son at home. JJ has always tried to help the youth in the community and be a part of the Hoffman community’s overall development.
His wife Tina has taken 12 weeks of leave from her job at St. Joseph of the Pines, Southern Pines, and is now concerned that when JJ is released from the Dr. Phillips Hospital the funds to transfer him back to a North Carolina facility for further treatment will not be available, Bell said.
According to the hospital staff, JJ can be released in about 30 days if funds are available to transfer him. At this time the estimated funds to bring JJ back to North Carolina are $8,000, according to Bell.
Rena Marshall, a past president of The Hamlet Lions Club, and Daniel Kelly, President of The Beaver Dam Community Center, as well as other family members have joined efforts to help the family raise funds as soon as possible to help with the cost of staying in Orlando and to transfer JJ back home.
A bank account has been set up at First Bank of Aberdeen through the Beaver Dam Community Center, P.O. Box 221, Hoffman, NC 28347. To make a donation, checks or money orders need to be made out to Beaver Dam Community Center, with reference JJ Zinnerman, and mailed to the address above.
Family and friends are also asking each church in the Richmond County community to encourage its members to contribute at least $1 to help the Zinnerman family. Contact one of the contact persons listed below for pick up or mail checks to the above address.
Also, on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, Daniel Kelly of the Beaver Dam community center will sponsor a gospel concert at Hoffman Parks & Recreation in Hoffman. The concert will feature the Brooklyn Allstars and many local gospel groups. The event will last from 4 to 7 p.m. All funds less expenses will be donated to the Zinnerman family.
Contact the following persons if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer: Rena Marshall at 910-2052862; Daniel Kelly at 910-281-4476; Lyon Bell at 910-461-9030; or Lahama Zinnerman at 910-986-5358.