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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]:
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.
[See the Journal for a posting of Pat's letter to the BB&N community]
Therapy Update, Song Tomorrow and Basketball Tourney Saturday
Mar 4, 2014 9:55pm
At Zach’s appointment yesterday the shoulder surgeon concluded that he does not need surgery or manual tearing of adhesions. Instead he needs Botox given in areas of the shoulder that have not yet been injected. Please pray that Zach could get this done within a week, so that therapy can be extended beyond the March15th deadline given by Zach’s therapists. Also, DDS said that they won’t be able to arrange to have funding in place by Mar. 15. Please pray that DDS would fund therapies for the rest of Zach’s life and that they will be able to arrange this quickly, so he doesn’t go weeks without therapy.
In addition, please pray for Zach and me as we do a song together tomorrow (Wed.) at 12:15 at Park Street Church, and pray that our whole family will have a great time connecting with friends at the BBN 3-on-3 basketball tournament this Saturday. Below are the details from the BBN website if you would like to come play or just cheer.
With gratitude for your prayers,
3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament to Benefit Zack McLeod '10
Date: Saturday -March 08, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM
Come join the fun! Saturday, March 8, 2014 as we host the 6th Annual 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament to benefit Zack McLeod '10
BB&NUpper School Gym 80 Gerry's Landing Road Cambridge, MA
All proceeds from the entire day will be donated to Zack and hisfamily to help pay for his medical and rehabilitation expenses. For more information, contact Ed Bourget at 617-800-2437 or email@example.com.
Registration begins at 9 am and the tournament kicks off at 10 am SHARP!
Double Elimination Style tournament!
Concessions will be available for purchase (all profits are donated to Zack!)
Teams of 3 or 4
Team entry fee is $100.00 (all team fees are donated to Zack!)
Cash or check accepted, no credit cards (Please make checks out to Zack McLeod).