Man who dedicates life to honoring victims of mass shootings given weeks to live

A man who has spent the last 20 years of his life traveling to the scenes of mass shootings to honor the victims, has been told he only has weeks left to live.

Greg Zanis has traveled more than 800,000 miles and made more than 27,000 crosses to honor victims of gun violence.

Now the retired carpenter has been told his cancer is terminal and he only has a few weeks left to live.

His daughter has arranged for a visitation plan, amid the pandemic, to ensure those people who want to send him a message can do so by driving by the window of his hospice with a sign.


After every mass shooting in the United States over the past 20 years, Greg, from Illinois, has traveled to the scene and built a memorial for each victim.

“It’s very simple: I’m not a politician. I’m not a gun guy. I’m not a church guy. I just want families to have their children remembered,” Greg said, after he traveled to Las Vegas to honor the victims of the 2017 mass shooting there.

Greg founded nonprofit “Crosses for Losses” over 20 years ago after deciding he wanted to deliver handmade wooden crosses to mass shooting sites.

His daughter Susie Zanis announced her father’s retirement from the cause in December 2019 and now says he only has weeks left to live.


“Greg Zanis will not be on this earth much longer as he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer,” Susie wrote on a GoFundMe she created to help pay for funeral expenses.

“This past few weeks has been gut wrenching for our family. Greg has now been given 4 to 6 WEEKS to live. Today Greg has said he is ready to be with God which was comforting to hear but also very real and overwhelming for the family.

“Greg has done what he truly believes is right in his mission which was to share love and support to those in need and remember those who have passed.”

Gregg Zanis' Crosses for Losses

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