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Born in Minnesota, I've been lucky enough to live all over: France, Holland, Hong Kong, Connecticut, Florida, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Arizona, Idaho, Oklahoma, and now Germany! I married by best friend over 15 years ago and together we have two awesome kiddos. I was introduced to rugby at 5 years old and have loved it ever since - as a player, coach, ref, and fan.
In 2012 my father was diagnosed with ALS. We moved from across the country to be with him and help provide around the clock care. We have seen and experienced first hand the effects ALS has both on those with the disease and those trying to support them.
Fast forward a few years after he passed, we thought we had put the pain behind us, but when my rugby coach was diagnosed with ALS, it felt like a punch to the gut. That sickening feeling proved to be the inspiration behind Ruck ALS and the desire to help uplift those affected and afflicted by this terminal disease.
I'm originally from Queensland Australia and now call Boise Idaho home. I've been married since 2003 and have two teenage children. I started playing rugby when I was 5 years old and have been involved as a player, Coach and Administrator ever since. I'm currently on the Scheduling Committee with Rugby Idaho. I'm also on the Disciplinary Committee and run the girls high performance program for Rugby Idaho. My association with ALS begin in 1999 when the last coach I played for, John Markovina, told us he had been diagnosed with ALS. My Uncle, Wally Petrusevski was also diagnosed with ALS in 2018. Now, my close friend, Kirk Pulver is currently battling to beat ALS. To say that ALS is personal to me is an understatement. I'm passionate about helping those with ALS and their family as well as advocating to help find a cure that will end ALS permanently. My drive to help others with ALS is not a job for me, it's something I want to do and LOVE to do. Another passion of mine is to connect with any organization and partner with them to raise awareness about ALS, raise funds and help those with ALS.
Hello, my name is Zavior Cook. I am a 23 year old rugger for Boise United. I have played rugby for the past five years, and I don't plan to stop anytime soon. As a member of the rugby community, it has been very inspirational to see the work Ruck ALS has done in such a short period of time, especially for United coach and ALS combatant Kirk Pulver who I have had the pleasure of playing both for, and against, since my first season in 2015. It is such an honor to have now taken a role within this great foundation. I look forward to joining the continued effort in creating awareness for ALS and supporting those affected by it.