Zach Austin Guillot
2004 - 2014
BORN
2004
DIED
2014
Guillot, Zach Austin, 9, of Seattle, Washington, died on February 7, 2014, from complications of treatments for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), following a lengthy and courageous battle against the disease. Born in Austin, Texas on October 16, 2004 to parents, Jeff and Julie Guillot, Zach lived in Austin until July 2009, when his family moved to Dallas. In Dallas, Zach attended the Temple Emanu-El Early Childhood Education Center, the da Vinci School, and Parish Episcopal School, and was much beloved by his teachers and classmates. Outside of class, he was an avid fan of Batman and Dr. Who; Legos; videogames; action, science fiction, and horror films; rollercoasters and other thrill rides; and instrumental movie soundtrack music. He also enjoyed dressing up as Batman, Spider-man, Harry Potter, and other heroes; driving his fully-operable, child-sized "Batmobile;" collecting shark-related toys and memorabilia; engaging in swordfights and light-saber duels with all willing "opponents," including his nurses and other hospital caregivers; videoconferencing with friends and family; shopping at Target with his "Poppie" and "Granna;" and "administering" his own Propofol infusions prior to surgical procedures.

Zach was diagnosed with AML in February 2010, and treated initially at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, where intensive chemotherapy, and a matched bone marrow transplant from his younger brother, Jake, led to an apparently complete remission. However, in November 2011, Zach's leukemia returned. Further treatments in Dallas, including multiple rounds of chemotherapy, total body irradiation, and a second bone marrow transplant, made possible by an unrelated, matched, anonymous donor, produced a second remission in February 2012, but Zach's leukemia relapsed again in late-September 2012, and the entire family, including Zach's paternal grandparents, moved to Memphis, for treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, whose physicians had been monitoring Zach's case from a distance. When the available options at St. Jude were exhausted, Zach was accepted for investigational treatments at Seattle Children's Hospital in Washington, and the family relocated again, to Seattle, in late-December 2012, in pursuit of a cure. There, Zach's leukemia was held in check for almost a year, though he did not achieve a complete remission, and on January 15, 2014, he underwent a historic, third stem cell transplant, from two, unrelated cord blood donors, in hopes of obtaining a permanent remission, or additional time to take advantage of future treatments, currently under development. Zach's personal battle is now over, but the greater battles he initiated and inspired against childhood leukemia continue.

Zach's four-year struggle with AML, and his family's quest for a cure, were lovingly chronicled in detail by his mother, Julie, initially through a private CaringBridge Journal, and later, on a public Facebook page, entitled, "ZachAttacksLeukemia," which garnered almost 13,000 fans, many of whom followed Zach's progress on a daily basis, offering inspirational messages, prayers, photographs, artwork, and videos, demonstrating their love and support. Zach's story also inspired countless blood and bone marrow registration drives in Texas and elsewhere, leading to the addition of more than 2000 donors to the registry of DKMS -- the world's largest bone marrow donor center. Following one such drive in Dallas, more than 20 leukemia patients were able to locate potentially life-saving, matched bone marrow donors. Zach also served as an official Ambassador for Wipe-Out Kids Cancer, a non-profit, Dallas-based organization, dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research, and was Grand Marshall of the 2010 Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade.

In January 2013, Zach's plight received worldwide attention, when he accepted a telephone call from Christian Bale, the actor who portrayed Batman in the "Dark Night" film series, and the two exchanged Batman-related stories. A video of this conversation, posted on YouTube, quickly amassed over 350,000 "hits," and Mr. Bale sent a care package to Zach the next week, comprised of a Batman backpack, stuffed with Batman-related memorabilia. Zach also spoke with Adam West, who played Batman in the 1960's television series, and other celebrities also showered him with spirit-lifting experiences and support. In early-2013, accomplished songwriter, Levi Ware, performed a private concert for Zach, in his Seattle hospital room, courtesy of the Melodic Caring Project (MCP), and two subsequent public MCP-sponsored concerts were dedicated to Zach, and streamed to his hospital room over the Internet. In February 2013, legendary rock drummer, Michael Shrieve, visited with Zach, and performed for him privately, using a leather couch and various household items as percussive instruments. And, Zach was a special guest at Cowboy Stadium, where he met and spoke with Tony Romo; was invited on-field by the Seattle Mariners, where he met with several players in the dugout; attended the Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Party in Seattle; and, was an honored guest at Warner Bros. Studios in California, where he was permitted to ride in the Batmobile "tumbler" used in the Christian Bale Batman films - a privilege never previously accorded to anyone not associated with official Batman productions.

Zach's zest for life, and the undying love and devotion of his family, allowed him to pack many other memorable experiences into his few short years, despite the suffering and disadvantages caused by his illness. He visited Caribbean islands with his grandparents; spent summers in San Diego with his parents, siblings, and grandparents, enjoying time on the beach, and trips to Disneyland and Legoland; traveled to New York, where he saw multiple Broadway plays, toured Times Square, and shopped for toys at FAO Schwartz; created works of art at the Chihuly glass factory, by invitation of Seattle glass guru Dale Chihuly; went skiing in Vail, Colorado and snow tubing in Snoqualmie, Washington; took fishing trips to Florida, the Texas Gulf Coast, and Washington's Puget Sound; attended the Texas State and San Diego County Fairs; visited major amusement parks, including Six Flags Over Texas, Knotts Berry Farm, Disney World, and Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure; went indoor sky-diving, earning his free-fall certificate; and, in early-2011, was granted his "wish" by the Make-A-Wish Foundation - a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, at Universal Orlando Resort, where he received an authentic, custom-made wand. His life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His favorite saying was, "This is the best day ever," and those who spent those days with him would invariably have to agree. His life is one to be celebrated, and he will always remain in our hearts.

Zach is survived by his loving parents, Jeff and Julie Guillot of Seattle, Washington; younger siblings Jake Harris Guillot, and Natalie Grey Guillot, also of Seattle; paternal grandparents George ("Poppie") Guillot and Linda ("Granna") Guillot, of Dallas, Texas; maternal grandparents Stan ("Bucky") Archer and Judy ("Mimi") Archer of Frisco, Texas; uncle Greg Guillot of Dallas, Texas; uncle Stephen Archer, of Frisco, Texas, his wife, Jen Archer, and their children, first cousins, Ben and Noah Archer, also of Frisco, Texas.

A memorial service, celebrating Zach's remarkable life, will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas, Texas. A party honoring Zach will immediately follow, and children are encouraged to wear costumes and capes, as Zach would have wanted.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Be Strong Fight On Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Zach's family, in conjunction with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, dedicated to helping other patients and families fighting childhood leukemia, through education and research for the development of therapeutic treatments for childhood AML: Be Strong. Fight On! - Zach Guillot Fund for AML Immunotherapy c/o Nicole S. Pratapas Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 1100 Fairview Avenue N., J5-200 P.O. Box 19024 Seattle, WA 98109-1024



Published by Dallas Morning News on Feb. 12, 2014.
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Zach ,I never met you, but you were full of zest, smart, & people learned from you in such a short time. You were just like your daddy too, My close friend & best roommate ever from the 80s & part of the 90s. Jeff & Julie May G-D BLESS you guys big time. When I got the news, I cried like a baby & I’m doing it now too. Jeff, mahalo for touching my heart. I think about you often, and I want you to know I will always cherish our friendship.You are one awesome dude.You guys didn’t deserve this. We know Zach is flying with the Angels.He was a true hero & courageous to finding a cure for AML! Hang in there friend, I want to give you a big hug someday. I love you & Aloha, D.A.W.
David
Friend
December 16, 2020
In honor of a special boy
S S
February 18, 2014
He shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn.
At the rising and the setting of the sun, we will remember you...
February 17, 2014
Zach, our Hero, our Warrior, our Inspiration. You touched so many of us during the journey so many of us took with you. You will will always remain in our hearts and soul. Loved by so many, we will never never forget you.
June Tragesser
February 14, 2014
Godspeed you courageous little boy! What an honor it was to have followed your brave fight! You are with the Lord now where you can play pain free! Indeed, today is the best day ever!
Brandie Prince
February 14, 2014
Forever young! Zach will live forever in the hearts of all he touched with his zest for life and courage. He has and will continue to inspire many! Heartfelt sympathies for your loss but joy for the incredible lessons he gave us all.
Kimberly Seldal
February 13, 2014
I'm heartbroken for your lose. His legacy will live on forever. Thank you for letting us into your lives. He is was an amazing little boy.
Chanel Sanchez
February 13, 2014
God Bless
Joe and Lesa Sclider
February 13, 2014
His very bright star will shine in the heavens forever guiding all who follow in his footsteps to a better life and perhaps even a cure. Life will be a little bit duller here on earth without his joyful presence.
Mary Lou Halbach
February 13, 2014
hi this is jackie from las vegas. i am one of the ones that kept up on zachs news on his face book page. he faught soo hard. zach was a great kid and a great insperation to others. my fiance and i send our love to zachs family. much love from las vegas,nv.
jackie wendell
February 13, 2014
Zach's battle may have ended however his story isn't over. His legacy and zest for life will remain alive through the plight of Be Strong. Fight on! and the many people whose lives he touched. Zach was a pioneer of inspiration and courage.
Amanda Knox
February 13, 2014
Such an inspiration...Prayers for your entire family~~~~His life toched so many people~~~~Meleta Swint Howard
February 13, 2014
What an amazing kid. God bless
Harrison Yoss
February 13, 2014
You were an inspiration to all! My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Guillot family.
Rich Naftolin
February 13, 2014
I have had the opportunity to know this courageous little boy. I have followed his trials of pain. But saw how he was so strong. I will miss his laughter. Rest in peace ZACK my. PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
Kathy Gries
February 13, 2014
The story of Zach's life rocked my soul to the very core. Opened my eyes and changed my life. I will cherish him in my heart forever. May his family and friends find peace and comfort in knowing the world is a better place today thanks to our Super Hero, Zach, and his amazing family. In his honor-I WILL NEVER SURRENDER.
Susan Ireland
February 13, 2014
I am so sad; just heartbroken over this and our thoughts are with you. Much love,
Bev and Dan Steinfink
Dallas, Tx
February 13, 2014
Zach was an amazing little boy. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Imelda Busby
February 13, 2014
Zach's story is truly one of courage, love and profound loss. Thank you for sharing this child with us, my sincerest condolances to all who loved this boy.
February 13, 2014
I've been following Zach in facebook for the past 4 months. I am a school friend of Mary Gail Archer. My heart is breaking for you today;yet,singing and smiling knowing that this little man is no longer suffering. You are in my thoughts and prayers on this day, and the days that follow.
susie wittebort
February 13, 2014
Zach will be missed but I will always remember his courageous and zest for life. He is my hero and his smile will forever be in my heart! Fly high Zach and thanks for letting me know you!
Cynthia Hattey
February 13, 2014
Zach, you were really a hero and inspired so many people, me included. Now that you are an angel, may God bless and support your family.
Patrizia Sowinski
February 13, 2014
Such a brave boy, he was clearly a hero to his family & friends and also to me as he touched my heart with his endless positivity & enthusiasm. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family, friends and all those incredible staff who worked with Zach. May you sleep tight & continue to look out for your family. You are all heroes to me. All my love.
Cara, UK/Saudi Arabia. <3 xxxx
Cara Woodage
February 13, 2014
Sending hugs and love to you.I also lost a grandson @7yrs old to a very rare heart condition.His bday was Feb 3; he would have been 16. My heart breaks for you.I always try to remember Tyler's life lessons.... Not easy..but doable. Hugs to all.
Lorry Malott-Rippe
February 13, 2014
A real life super hero. May God grant Julie and all Zach's family super hero strength as they prepare to celebrate the life of their beautiful son, brother, grandson. Love is eternal. Xoxo
Christi Weild
February 12, 2014
Our family had an opportunity to know and spend time with Zach over this last year. We learned so much about friendship, compassion, cancer, love, life and suffering. May we take that knowing with us in all we do for the rest of our lives, Zach and his family will remain in our hearts forever.
robin freedman
February 12, 2014
My sympathy to the Guillot family. May God give you comfort during this difficult time. I followed Zach's story on Facebook from the beginning and feel like I've lost a member of my own family. I will be releasing 9 balloons in Sisseton,SD tomorrow at 2 o'clock in memory of this extraordinary child. He is now Robin to God's Batman.
Cheryl Krump
February 12, 2014
I will be releasing 9 balloons at 2 o'clock in South Dakota tomorrow in memory of this extraordinary child. He's now Robin to God's Batman.
February 12, 2014
The world will be forever changed because Zach was in it. Thank you for sharing your story with us. What an amazing boy. Heaven gained an angel.
Tammy Lindsey
February 12, 2014
I've been following Zach in Facebook and I commend his strength, his ability to give everything he had to fight and the humanity to leave his mark here on earth. Thousands of us pray for him as he now has wings and fully know, they he's not done making his mark here on earth yet. Carry on Zach, you are an amazing angel. Prayers, hugs and love.
Kathi
February 12, 2014
My daughter went to school with Lila. As a cancer survivor, your story touched my heart. I will continue to pray for peace and strength.
Jenni Roey
February 12, 2014
Zach was an amazing little man. His life is an inspiration. His family's fight along side him will be the catalyst to a cure for AML. He will always have a special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
David Kendrick
February 12, 2014
Fly high with the angels Zach~ <3
Debbie Hansen
February 12, 2014
Zach what an amazing little man you are.Not only did you inspire so many you displayed courage and bravery we'll beyond your years.It was an honour to follow your story and I'm heartened to know you are finally at peace.Enjoy playing with your batman toys and building more Lego creations. Fly high precious one. Love always lisa xoxo
Lisa
February 12, 2014
I anticipated reading Zach's daily updates waiting for the miracle to ocurr. Unfortunate for this human life of ours, God needed him more. Rest in peace Batman Angel, you will forever be remembered for your amazing strength and courage. No surrender up in heaven, yes!!!!! Blessings to Zach's whole family!!!!
Monica Botero
February 12, 2014
Angel bailey & buddy bailey & hailey Sullivan & Madison Sullivan & Mckenzie Sullivan & Hayden bailey ... So sorry for your lost , he was the braves kids I knew , he will be greatly missed..
Angel Bailey
February 12, 2014
I read your posts daily and was so touched by your story. It will forever touch my heart!!
February 12, 2014
Zach is a true inspiration. He touched my heart daily. Despite his AML, I know he lived a wonderful life. His legacy will live on forever. Rest in peace Zach.
Michele McKnight
February 12, 2014
Your sweet brave Zach has touched so many hearts, and has been an inspiration to help others.There are no words to express how saddened I am, and how amazed at your strength in this heartbreaking journey Julie, filled with so many hard but always loving decisions.You are in my prayers, God bless.
February 12, 2014
You are a warrior and a true superhero. Thank you for staying strong and fighting the good fight to the end.You are an inspiration to me and the world.Peace and love be with your family.
February 12, 2014
Linda Kay Devlin {MEME} Menchaca Pearland, Texas I went to school with Stanley Archer at First Ward.
February 12, 2014
I lost my Mother to AML in 2010. She only survived 6 months with this awful disease. I am so very sorry for your loss, but what amazing memories your family has of your precious son. Thank you for sharing your lives with us as we prayed for all of you. RIP sweet Zach. Your life is an inspiration to all of us!
The Schaller's
February 12, 2014
Thank you Zach for your inspiration....
Maria Ysmael Prunali
February 12, 2014
Rest in peace little angel, you touched my life while working at Children's Hospital in Seattle.. and was encouraged from the amazing fight you gave..
Ruthie Benson
February 12, 2014
Zach was a beautiful part of my week, and whenever I read an update on his progress or his most recent adventure, I was filled with joy and inspiration. God bless you, Zach, and your beautiful family. You are an angel now and always.
Alicia Zyburt
February 12, 2014
My prayers go to Zach and his family. Zach, you will be missed.
Jason Gries
February 12, 2014
Zach, you are my hero. An inspiration. I'll always think of you. Have fun in Heaven! Down here, we mourn you. We also celebrate your life and courage. Your smile and willpower throughout everything you faced had me believing you had this beat. Your impact lives on. Love from Buffalo NY
Cindy Schmidt
February 12, 2014
I learned about Zach's story on Facebook and followed his journey over the past 2 1/2 years. He was and always will be an inspiration to me. His unshakeable spirit taught me to never give up (no surrender). Thank you for sharing this incredible journey... My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with your family. Peace be with you.
Holli Harkleroad
February 12, 2014
Everyday I checked on posts from Zachs family, I prayed for him and sent cards! He touched my heart beyond belief! Grateful for the Christian Bale phone call that shone a light on Zach and his fight, that is how I became aware of his battle and checked the FB paige daily! He was the most amazing little boy, beautiful all around soul who fought so hard! I too have a thing for Coke, even tho i stopped drinking it ages ago...when i do have one now, it will be in his honor! God Bless you all, such a wonderful family!
Evelyn Rohrbacher
February 12, 2014
Beautiful words for such a special little boy that inspired so many. So much love and "life" lived in such a short time, too short. My sincere condolences to his family and to all that will miss this sweet child.
Lindsay McCain
February 12, 2014
Fly with your angels in Heaven, Zach. What a powerful Little Man you have been.
Delores Gunderson
February 12, 2014
rEST IN PEACE NOW LITTLE MAN ,,WE WILL REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS ,
LOUISE wHITBECK
February 12, 2014
Zach deeply touched me! Eternal rest grant unto him. Praying that your family will find peace.
cathy rueberger
February 12, 2014
Fly and Love sweet Zach ?
Cindy Turner (80's Mamaw)
February 12, 2014
Prayers
February 12, 2014
I followed your progress on a weekly basis Zach, I am from the UK. Rest In Peace little fella. You are an inspiration to all.
Tom Haldane
February 12, 2014
Rest now sweet angel. You have touched many lives & will always be remembered & loved by us all!! xoxo
Ashley Thurman
February 12, 2014
Rest in peace little angel. Prayers for Zach and his amazing family.
Terry McCurdy-Albert
February 12, 2014
Zach you will be missed, but never forgotten <3
Shannon
February 12, 2014
Zach has been an inspiration to me seeing him battle and fight and live everyday to the fullest. I watched you through your Facebook page go everyday with a smile on your face even during the rough days. You'll always be remembered and loved by many all over the world, and know that you've inspired all of us. My sincerest condolences to the family and know that you're all in our prayers.
Josh Einfalt
February 12, 2014
Rest in peace Zach. Your story will continue to inspire the best in the people who are lucky enough to hear it.
Emma Robinson
February 12, 2014
R.I.P Little Man U was truly loved and always will be ????
Hayley Guyan
February 12, 2014
Zach you have touched my heart forever. You are new strength for so many with your strong lively attitude. We love you Zach. This Cokes for You!
Anne and Mark Rachall
February 12, 2014
You are a force of nature Zach Guillot. You never gave up, and never stopped fighting. Even when fighting wasn't possible anymore, you still had fight left in you. How seldom does a person on this planet get to touch so many in such a profound way, with a legacy that will surely save countless lives. You inspired others to join your fight and with the army you've raised, I have no doubt AML will indeed "fry and die". Thank you for sharing your life with us, your struggle, your joy and your pain. Thank you for showing us the true face of a real hero and the true face of this terrible disease. It's not pretty, but it's not hopeless. Thank you for being the face of hope. THAT is the face that persists. Thank you Zach. Never Surrender.
Robert Dziekan
February 12, 2014
The world has lost a real super hero. Rest in peace superZach!
N S
February 12, 2014
I started following you before my cancer diagnosis so I knew I could do it if Zach did it!! You were amazing and I love your saying, "This is the best day" ~ Will miss your smiling face and hearing of your latest adventures!! Big hugs and kisses to your family.
Gwen Miller
February 12, 2014
Zach, I didnt know you, but I was fighting with you every step of the way. Guillot family, I am so sorry for your loss. Zach fought a tough battle. What a special Angel in Heaven to watch over you! ^j^
Sheila Warren
February 12, 2014
Carly Hall
February 12, 2014
I have followed this young super hero on Facebook for quite some time now. He was the toughest little fighter I have ever seen. Rest in peace sweet Zach. You have earned your silver cape now. <3
Lisa Anderson
February 12, 2014
What a courageous young man an inspiration to all who knew you an to those who followed your story! Fly high Zach! Praying for your family! God Bless you all!

Linda Petrey ( Corbin, Ky )
February 12, 2014
R.I.P
claudia Caicedo
February 12, 2014
Sleep tight sweet Angel xxx
February 12, 2014
Nelson Family
February 12, 2014
Zach you where loved by many. You where one amazing little angel. you will be missed dearly. but always in people thoughts. RIP little angel!
February 12, 2014
For the short period of time that I got to spend with Zach he left a
huge imprint on my life. While he was here on earth he taught us all how to live our lives to the fullest! Thank you for that Zach.
Kathy Naon
February 12, 2014
Prayers and thoughts are with Zach and Family. I have been following Zach on FB. I also have AML. Bone Transplant in May 2012. Sorry for your loss
Roxanne Bentrim
February 12, 2014
Zach will live on forever in our hearts and minds. His infectious laugh rings in my ears daily. Some people say there are not Super Hero's...they never met Zach Guillot. A Super Hero has made up powers, Zach's powers were not make believe, his strength, perseverance and positive attitude our traits mere mortals can only wish to attain. I am sad that his physical presence here on earth are gone, but take strength in the fact he is always with us, driving us to live life in the example he set. Time to go put on my Zach costume and strive to emulate his courage.
Warren White
February 12, 2014
Zach you will never be forgotten, even by those who never met you. RIP sweet boy. May God bring peace to your family at this time.
Sandi Quattrocchi
February 12, 2014
The first time I met you, you were a little shy and even precocious, but soon we were well on our way to making wishes come true... You have forever left a mark on me that I will carry with forever :) you taught me to never give up... never be afraid and always, always, always, see the best in every day.
Melissa Shepherd
February 12, 2014
Zach will forever be in our hearts' at Parish. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as we celebrate his life!
Diane Webber
February 12, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Zach's passing. I know your hearts are broken. Words cannot express my heart felt sympathy. Rita Black Ash
Rita Ash
February 12, 2014
Zach, although we never met I'm so amazed at your strength and diligence! I pray you are at peace and that that same peace can eventually find your lovely family.
Dana Harrah
February 12, 2014
Much love...sweet Angel.
Anita Justiss
February 12, 2014
Much love...sweet Angel!
February 12, 2014
Zach was and is a real life Super Hero. He is flying with the angels now. Dear Jesus I pray you continue to comfort his family until the day they are all together again.
Sherry Wallace
February 12, 2014
Zach...you were an inspiration to us all....you will be greatly missed by all that knew you....<3
Debbie Lynn
February 12, 2014
I knew Zach most of his short, full and well lived life. I would call him the right kind of wild man. Rave on Zach! Ed Martens
February 12, 2014
You will always remain in my heart, did not know you personally but you became a part of my daily life. Fly with the angels my darling boy you have earned them. You will always be my Super Hero
Faith Elmore
February 12, 2014
Zach is and always will be an inspiration to all who know his story. Much love and prayers for his family.
susan patrick
February 12, 2014
love you zach ......auntie mg
mary gail archer
February 12, 2014
Zach had a very amazing family. It seems as if he lived Heaven here on Earth. May God continue to comfort your family.
A. Murray
February 12, 2014
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