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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

A Journal Entry from Zach

Dear Friends, 

Zach and I used to talk a lot about what he was learning in his walk with God.  Since I miss that, I asked if he wanted to do the St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises with our family daily for the next six months, and he was excited to be a part.  Each day he reads the assigned Scripture and some days he writes back with answers to the questions posed.  I asked him if I could post one of his answers since many of you ask how he is doing. His answer shows the state of his soul.

Week 3 Day 3-Read Ps 63:1-8 A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

What do you thirst for?  How do you experience God’s steadfast love?

Zach wrote, “I thirst for God because he has given me life and joy.  I will keep on worshiping him as long as I live.” 

Zach’s soul is well. He is the most happy, joyful person I know despite his severe disabilities.  I learn so much from him about what matters most in life.

Thanks for your continued prayers for Zach and our family.  When I asked Zach what he wants us to pray for him this year, he wrote, “I would love for you to pray for me to remain healthy and happy.”  Let’s continue to pray for him for these things.

With gratitude,









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Laurie Besonen
By Laurie Besonen
He is truly a teacher to all of us, Tammy! So wonderful that you were able to post this. I feel blessed to know Zach.
Pamela Finch
By Mrs. Pam
wonderful to know that you are happy and healthy, Zach!
prayers for continued h&h.
Ken and Carolyn Kelleher
By Ken and Carolyn Kelleher
So inspired by this. Bless Zach
Corri Ogburn
By Corri
So nice to hear from Zach. I keep a framed note that he wrote us after South Africa - on a bookshelf in our family room. It's a beautiful reminder to me of his beautiful soul and the kinds of thoughts I know still go on his head. Have been thinking of him a lot as Jonah talks about him in the speech contest he's in at present. He competes again on the 31st of this month - wants to invite you to come if he moves on....We love you all.
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virg n mary schatz
By virg n mary schatz
GOD LOVES YOU AND WE LOVE YOU. What a positive young man you are Zach
Kevin Kimball
By Love, Kevin (Dr. K)
Zach, Pat and Tammy,
This is just beautiful. You enrich my soul through your walk with Jesus. Thank you for blazing this trail and bringing true joy to so many, lifting us out of our trivialities, pointing us to Jesus, our only true joy.
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sarah leary
By Sarah Leary
What an amazing witness to Christ's power
Jeanie Ganssle
By Jeanie Ganssle
Thanks Zack for loving Jesus and worshiping Him with all your heart and soul. Blessings to your whole family. Love, Jeanie
Meg Howard
By Meg Howard
Oh Zack,
Your love for God and humility before Him is such a great example to me. I lift up your prayer, which is deep~ “I would love for you to pray for me to remain healthy and happy.”
Much love, Meg
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Jan Mansfield
By Jan Mansfield
Good prayer requests! Praying now.