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Zack’s Story

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[Saturday, September 6, 2008]:

As many of you know, Zack suffered a serious head injury last night (Sept. 5th) during a high school football scrimmage. He was airlifted to the trauma unit at Boston Medical Center, where he arrived in a coma and had emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain and to remove a blood clot. He is now in a medically-induced coma in the ICU.

We are going to try to use this site to provide regular updates of his recovery. You can sign up in the "Journal" section to receive automatic notification of journal updates as we enter them.

We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received, and covet your continued prayers for Zack.


[Monday night, September 8, 2008]:


Dear Friends,

This is Pat (Dad) writing to give you an update on Zack.

I really can’t find words right now to explain how much I appreciate you and how much it has meant to me to experience such an outpouring of love from family and friends of Zack all around the country and even around the world.

At some point I hope to give you a longer update of how God has been ministering to me and to our family, but I simply can’t yet capture that in words. I can tell you that it has been incredibly deep, powerful and meaningful. I have definitely experienced grief and sorrow unlike I have ever known, but I also have met and experienced God in ways that I hope I never forget and can soon find time to put into words.

Today Zack’s CAT scan was unchanged. The doctors said that was neither good nor bad. What was good was that Zack continued to respond well to their means of managing the swelling in his brain. Swelling typically continues through the fourth day which is tomorrow and then tends to stop although it can go on for up to eight days. In sum, Zack is in stable but critical condition.

Not only Zack’s football team but his whole school has really come together around this situation. Today one of Zack’s dear friends, Donny, with whom he was baptized only a couple of weeks ago, requested that the school observe “Zack McLeod/> turn-back-the-compliment-day” because Zack is so well known for returning any compliment he receives with an even better compliment.

Also, at the morning assembly, Rebecca Upam, the head of school, read a letter that I will post later—a letter that I wrote yesterday morning on Zack’s birthday that is my best attempt to capture how I think Zack would want his classmates to respond.

Again, I am overwhelmed by your gracious response to Zack’s accident as well as overwhelmed at how many lives have been touched and blessed by him.

He truly is something very special.

Hold Fast,



[See the Journal for a posting of Pat's letter to the BB&N community]

Latest Journal Update

Beauty in Suffering

Dear Family and Friends,

Experts told us the year of Zach's injury that within 2 years the victims of nearly all traumatically brain injured persons will lose all of their friends.

It has been 7 years and we just said goodbye to a group of Zach's friends who filled our living room--something they do nearly every time they are home for a holiday.  It was awesome.

We continue to thank God for you all-the community of faithful friends who surround Zach and hold our whole family.

We are so grateful for you.

As you may recall, last year on the day between the anniversary of Zach's accident and his birthday, we held a "A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance" ceremony.
At that ceremony we showed a slide show of some pictures of Zach to the music of "Beauty in Suffering"--a song written and performed by Tammy the year Zach was injured.

If you want to listen to that song and see the slide show click


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Paul Johnson
By Paul and Pauline Johnson
What a beautiful, faith filled video. Tears to these eyes of a family full o0f the love of Jesus. Thanks for sharing these precious moments with the great McLeod smiles, especially Zack's.
To Pat, Tammy and the whole McLeod clan, much love and prayers!
Miriam Wood
By My love in Christ, Miriam Wood, Greenville, SC
Oh, praise The Lord!
What a great testimony of our Great God and how He has blessed Zack and your family throughout this period of complete dependence on Him. The video was very sweet to my heart. Thank you.
May you all have a blessed Christmas and a New Year strengthened in the Lord.
Gina Giannini
By Love, Gina Giannini
Pat and Tammy,

I just watched the video. It's heartwrenching and beautiful How God has carried your family through all this. What a magnificent testimony you have.
Mark Valentine
By Mark and Bekah Valentine
Still praying for all of you. Sounds like time with Zack's friends was a blessing for you all and we are grateful for that. Hold fast.
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