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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

Two Prayer Requests for this Week

Dear Friends,

Please pray for us this week as we spend some vacation time in MT writing about Zach. Also, please pray for Zach. We have been out west working for a couple weeks and won't be back to see him for two more weeks. Sometimes when we leave for this long he misses us. 



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Pamela Finch
By Mrs. Pam
happy to pray for Zack....
Danny DiBartolomeo
By Danny DiBartolomeo
Praying for a spiritually and physically refreshing vacation. Also praying that Zack doesn't experience any anxiety or sadness during your absence.
Meg Howard
By Meg Howard
I pray that you all know God's company and blessing, Tammy and Pat! Love, Meg and Tim
Jan Mansfield
By Jan
Does that mean he has some memory? So good getting some time with Tammy AND going to the Bridges meeting. I'll pray for Zach and your writing. Love you. Want a "date" at COTW?
Gina Giannini
By Gina Giannini
May the Holy Spirit inspire your words, Tammy, to reveal the profound lessons of your journey, in a way that will help others who suffer.
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Sarah Sams
By Sarah
Praying. I've erased my words three times now. I am wanting to say more, but the words are not coming easily. So I will pray that they do for you as you write about Zach.
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Kevin Kimball
By Love, Kevin (Dr. K)
Praying for your writing and for Zach. What a journey! So glad you are doing the work to put it in writing. God will use it to bless the body of Christ and to reach the lost.