Family creates memories after dad is given 6 weeks to live

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CASEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) -- "I went to Green County [Ky.] EMS. That was my first job," Zachary Summers said.

His first job is what he wanted to do, and his best friend was along with him for the ride. He married his high school sweetheart at 20 years old.

"I had a seizure," Summers recalled. "I didn't go to the hospital because I've never had a seizure at all."

On May 7, 2014, the Kentucky man had two seizures: one at home and one in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Some tests led to news of what was causing the seizures.

"I found out I had a tumor," he said.

It was astrocytoma, stage 3 brain cancer, and the best doctors could do is hope treatments would give him more time. The Summers' continued doing life together as normal as possible, along with their little girl, Hadley.

"It didn't grow for two years," Summers said about the tumor.

In October of 2016, the tumor had grown. It led to surgery impacting his speech.

In March of this year, again more growth. They traveled to Texas, hoping for some treatment options but doctors say his cancer is untreatable. Doctors also told the Summers' they have six weeks.

"Hadley, my little girl, she says never quit," he said.

"They told him to just live. Don't worry about anything and just live and enjoy yourself. Don't let it win. You win. It's not quitting," said his wife, Alyssa Summers.

They're spending time making memories, trying to fit in everything. They made a trip to Chuck E. Cheese and Build-A-Bear so that Hadley can remember dad's voice.

"Just how he was, his laugh," Alyssa said. "So, he made her a Build-A-Bear. When you squeeze its hand, it lets her know how much he loves her."

They've gone to Disney World, had a mock wedding and done a lot of the little things in between.

"I just think of my daughter and her birthdays and her first day of school and having her own kids and getting married," he said. "It's just the important things to us."

There's more on their list, including anything University of Kentucky-related, a Cincinnati Reds game and the Cincinnati Zoo.

"Her dad is her favorite person in the whole world," Alyssa said.

No matter what the prognosis, this dad says he's not giving up the fight.

"I still feel like I can do that [fight]," he said.

The important thing, to him, is Hadley knowing he did it for her.

"He didn't stop, and he did it all for her," Alyssa said. "He continues to fight just to get a little more time with her."

Donations to help the family make memories in the coming weeks can be made at Casey County Bank under "Zach's Hope" or through PayPal by searching

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