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Man behind memorial crosses diagnosed with terminal cancer
2020-03-22

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Greg Zanis—the Aurora man who has built more than 27,000 white crosses to commemorate victims of gun violence—has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Also, despite surgery to remove the tumor, the disease has already spread to his lungs, muscles and lymph nodes. Zanis and wife Sue said they believe in the power of prayer

Zanis started making those crosses in 1996—the same year his father-in-law was shot and killed.

Windy City Times profiled Zanis in 2017, after he put up 49 crosses in Orlando, Florida—one for each of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting. Zanis, who considers himself a straight ally, said he has friends who are a part of the LGBT community—and what happened in Orlando was heartbreaking to him.

The Tribune article is at www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/opinion/ct-abn-crosby-zanis-cross-st-0323-20200321-qq6xb3256bfajfggx4zal6bpeu-story.html.


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