Boca Raton mother using tragedy to raise awareness of calling for help

Boca Raton - Pictures of Zachary and Dylan are still on the wall at the Denaro home in Boca Raton. Dylan is still in pain over the loss of his twin brother one year ago.

"The last year has been like really hard for me. Like I've been like stuck in depression and I was like trying to get out," he said.

Zachary died on the beach while with friends. There are conflicting stories on exactly how he died. Regardless, his mother doesn't want his death to be in vain.

 "Let the police do their job that's not up to me to do, I am not looking to change anything but at the same time, Zachary Denaro did not die from a drug overdose, something else transpired," said his mother, Donna Denaro.

Denaro says when her son had a seizure on the beach, no one called 911. A stranger nearby alerted authorities.

Denaro believes if one of the teens had called 911, maybe Zachary would have lived.

Her heart break prompted her to start the "Friends Don't Leave Friends Behind" Foundation.

"Raising awareness, the right thing would have been calling 911, this is your friend, don't think about yourself being in trouble," said Denaro.

Zachary's mother is launching the foundation this weekend, and she plans to speak at area schools about the importance of helping others.

"I think as a society, it's just a valuable gift people need to care for one another. We are supposed to look after each other," she said.

Friends Don't Leave Friends Behind Event
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
Oceans 234, 234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach,

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 and includes buffet dinner, live music and raffles.  RSVP:  561-674-3492


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