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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

Zach's 7th annual basketball tournament was terrific

BB&N coaches, Ed Bourget, Mike Willey and Nick Papas, and the BB&N community organized another amazing 3 on 3 basketball tournament to benefit Zach.  The day was festive and fun and ended with Eddie handing Zach $8400 to go toward his medical and rehabilitation expenses. As always we were overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of all those who participated in this event.
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4 Comentarios

Meg Howard
By Meg Howard
Amazing! God bless you all~
Katrina Peterson
By The Petersons (WA.)
Thanks for posting these wonderful snapshots of such a terrific event.
So appreciate the updates and your faithfulness to our Jesus.

He is forever and always the center of your lives and we praise Him for your family's commitment in serving Him & bringing Him great glory.
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Anne Wenger
By Anne Wenger
I continue to pray for your family as you walk the journey God has planned for you. One of my three sons now has brain tumors that are being treated by radiation and oral chemo. Having followed Zack's life these past years gives me awareness of the potential results. God is our refuge and strength and thankfully, my son and his wife are also confident of that. May God be glorified in our lives!
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Pamela Finch
By Mrs. Pam
wow! how wonderful!