A parent’s worst nightmare, a family forever changed, and a hope that endures through the hardest times When their son Zach took a hard hit during a high school football scrimmage, Pat and Tammy McLeod began a forever battle: their son, though he would live, would not be the same boy they knew and loved. He would regain the ability to walk and run and even throw a football but would never fully talk or laugh or sing again. How does a family survive in the midst of such sorrow? How do we grieve someone who hasn’t really left? How can we learn to be thankful for what we still have while acknowledging the reality of what we’ve lost?
Hit Hard is the true story of the McLeods’ journey through this ambiguous loss, as they navigate what it looks like to love someone who’s here and yet not here. It’s the story of a family who has experienced the unimaginable—picking up the pieces after a life-transforming loss; defining a “new normal” for their life; and learning to accept, surrender to, and celebrate what God has given them. Your own loss may look different than the McLeods’, but if in some way life isn’t what you expected, their story will give you hope that it can still be good.