Help Give Zack a Hand–Literally

Since Zack Rukavina lost his left forearm a year ago to a rare form of cancer, he’s been struggling to find a job.  He’s gone back to school to study history and just got into the honor’s program. In order to make life a bit easier, he’s looking to get a prosthesis with fingers and family members are holding a fundraiser tomorrow to help with make this happen. According to his mother, Suzanne Squires, Rukavina burst out laughing when it was suggested that this fundraiser be called, “Let’s Give Zack a Hand.” 

Rukavina, who was born and raised in Humboldt County, graduated from South Fork High School in 2003. He spent some years in Studio City trying to make it as an actor and a screen play writer. According to his mother, Rukavina and his fiance, Afi, have made 4-5 “shorts” with both of them acting in them while Zack writes them. He has also had bit parts in other productions.

He & Afi  have an 18 month old daughter named Wayah Bo Rukavina.  Her middle name comes from Zack’s brother, Bo, who was killed in a bicycle accident on Greenwood Heights in Kneeland, CA in 1996. At the time, Bo was 15 and Zack was 11.

Recently, Rukavina proposed to the mother of his child as part of “Ultimate Surprises,”  a reality show.

Details about the fundraiser can be found below.


Benefit Fundraiser, “Let’s Give Zack a Hand,” is tomorrow in Benbow, from 2pm. to 2am, with barbecue (bison burgers,) deserts by Amillia’s & Ramone’s Bakery, beer, wine, and other beverages from 3pm-6pm.  There will be a silent auction and a raffle, as well as a live auction from 6pm-8pm featuring auctioneer Loren Pouge from The Riverwood Inn.  There will be music after 8pm with the Joe Dominick Band

Directions: Going south on 101, take Benbow exit, turn left, first building you come to on your left.  Going north on 101, Benbow exit, turn right, first building you see on your left. At stop sign turn left, lots of parking available on the left.

Contributions can be made via:
Paypal, if you have a Paypal account to: or

deposits can be made at Coast Central Credit Union, 2650 Harrison Ave. Eureka, CA 95501 to
Zack Rukavina account #51817S1


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