2018 NC Triangle

Ryan's team

Thank you for visiting our team page and helping us to reach our fundraising goal. This team was formed in loving memory of Ryan Zoschg and in hopes that at least one family may not have to go through the continued heartbreak that Ryan's family and friends feel everyday. 


Our team is joining the fight against brain cancer by participating in 2018 NC Triangle Head for the Cure on September 8, 2018. Head for the Cure is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research. 

Head for the Cure works to inspire hope for the community of brain cancer patients, their families, friends, caregivers and other supporters, while celebrating their courage, spirit and energy. Every Head for the Cure event marks a day of celebration where those diagnosed with brain cancer are honored and celebrated by their friends and families, those who have lost their battles are remembered, and we are all inspired to carry on the fight. 

Funds raised by Head for the Cure support the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative, a network of medical centers with the expertise and the desire to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials investigating new treatments for malignant brain tumors.

Each year, over 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. More than 120 types of brain tumors exist, making effective treatment complicated. Cutting edge research is needed as we continue to make strides in this fight.

Please consider joining our team or making a donation today to help us reach our goal and to help Head for the Cure defeat brain cancer, step by step!


Ryan Anthony Zoschg's obituary


On April 29, 2017, Ryan Anthony Zoschg passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, following an 11-year battle with brain cancer.

Ryan was born April 30, 1973, and grew up in Emporium, PA, graduating from Cameron County High School in 1991. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1995. He began working at Vocollect Inc in 1996 and was employed there his entire career. During his time at Vocollect Ryan was granted over 10 patents and was instrumental in the development of their speech-recognition computers. His talents and passion for innovation helped grow that small Pittsburgh-based startup into an industry-leading company with products used by over 500,000 people worldwide.

In 2002 he met the love of his life Melissa Hopbell, who he married and with whom he had two beautiful children, daughter Zoey and son Matthew. In 2006 Ryan and his family moved to the Indiana Township/Fox Chapel area of Pittsburgh, where he applied his engineering mind to painstakingly renovating their home.He was a member of Saint Joseph’s Parish in O’Hara Township.

He leaves behind his wife Melissa, and his children Zoey and Matthew, both at home; his parents Matthew and Nancy Zoschg of Emporium, PA; his brother and sister-in-law Eric and April Zoschg and their sons Jordan and Mason of Raleigh, NC; his sister and brother-in-law Megan and Tom Canniere and their daughter (Ryan’s God-daughter) Josephine of Kinnelon, NJ; his parents-in-law Philip and Shirley Hopbell of Wilkins Township, PA; his sister-in-law Kimberly Hopbell Metzger and her daughter Savannah of Baltimore, MD; and his sister-in-law Kelly Cervi and her sons Karsen and Kameron of Jeannette, PA.

His intelligence, stubbornness, love for mischief, kind heart, and infectious smile will be intensely missed by all of those who knew him. 

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