Leave a message to someone you love…In the future!

One of the goals of Triage Cancer is to make people aware of valuable and unique resources. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Zarpz.com!

ZarpZ.com connects patients with cancer [or others with serious or life threatening illnesses] and tZarpZheir loved ones with messages and videos created today that can be sent electronically on future dates. The site was inspired by Todd Edwards, whose mother had lost her battle with cancer when he was an infant. At age 38, Todd discovered a letter his mother had written during her illness. “The letter was a thank you note written to my Aunt and Uncle,” said Todd. “She wrote briefly about me—it was very meaningful and something I will always treasure. I am fortunate that the note wasn't lost.”

“Delivering the right message at the right time provides the patient with the ability to create lasting legacy for their loved ones. In many ways, it can be a final gift,” said Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN past president of the Oncology Nursing Society and Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “For example, the patient may want to send a written message expressing well wishes to her daughter prior to her high school graduation day. Or, the patient may want to send a photo slide show depicting a set of life’s instructions to his son when he turns 21. This is information that can be shared while the children are young, but will have much more meaning when they are older.”

In addition to creating and sending messages that express their love, individuals also can send materials that provide specific instructions about something, such as a video that clarifies issues raised in their will or estate plan. “People also may want to offer details about themselves that no one knew,” Todd explained. “Or, they may want to create a virtual scrapbook that could provide great enjoyment in the future.”

After a person creates a message, they can choose to notify their recipients that a message has been created and will be sent to them on a future date or they can leave it as a surprise. This initial communication with the recipient encourages them to register on ZarpZ.com and to keep their contact information current so that all future messages will be received.

On the date that the person selected to have their messages delivered, the recipients will receive an email alerting them that they have unread messages on the ZarpZ website. Once they click on the link in the email, they will be directed to the ZarpZ.com, and from there, they will be able to view their messages, photos or videos.

“ZarpZ provides a wealth of emotion for senders and recipients alike. For many patients, this is a way to communicate their thoughts and feelings,” Todd said. “And the emotional impact that these messages can have on the recipients is something that lasts forever.”

You can visit www.ZarpZ.com for more information.

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