Robert Arthur Zimmerer, had his whole life ahead of him.
After graduating with his degree in business from Wesley College, he continued to follow his love and passion for golf. His successes on the golf course at Wallkill Valley High School and Wesley College led him to his career path that he loved, being an assistant manager at Golf Galaxy. Shortly after graduating, he met his future wife. His life and future plans changed in April, 2013.
At the age of 24, Rob was diagnosed with a rare form of colon cancer that metastasized to his liver. Being so young, the cancer went undetected and untreated until underlying health issues surfaced which required medical attention.
No matter what age, no one wants to hear their loved one has cancer, but this type of cancer occurring in such a young person made this normally harsh reality even worse.
Rob, being the person he was, took this disease in stride. Even with the odds stacked up against him, Rob continued to live his life as normally as he could. He never wanted cancer to win. While he endured numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and multiple surgeries, he continued to redefine the true meaning of “living” and became a genuine inspiration to all who knew him.
After a brutal two and a half year battle with stage IV colon cancer, Rob passed away October 12, 2015, just 3 weeks after his 27th birthday.