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Chancellor Middle’s Zach Morrison making dramatic progress

Twelve-year-old Zachary Morrison has defied all expectations after getting struck by a car on Harrison Road in November as he headed home from school.

The Chancellor Middle School student suffered head trauma, two broken legs and other injuries and wasn’t expected to survive the helicopter trip to the hospital.

 But now, 4 1/2 months later, he’s talking and learning to walk again.

His family has been overwhelmed by the support they’ve received from the community and is thankful for two fundraisers coming up in April that will help pay medical expenses not covered by insurance.

On Saturday, the Massad Family YMCA in Stafford County is hosting a tennis social from 6-10:30 p.m. Entry is $12 in cash or by check payable to “Friends of Zach Morrison.” The evening is open to non-members and will include tennis and a silent auction.

On April 23, Q Ball Café  and Billiards at 960 Bragg Road in Spotsylvania is hosting a benefit concert  by local musicians. The event starts at 2 p.m. with children’s events including a  moon bounce and face painting,  and continues with music, an  auction, bake sale and raffles.

People can also make contributions directly to: “Friends of  Zach Morrison,” c/o PNC Bank,  1001 Gordon W. Shelton Blvd.,  Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Check out tomorrow’s Free Lance-Star for a full update on Zach.


  • http://FriendsofZachMorrison Diane Morrison

    Our family cannot begin to thank the entire Fredericksburg Community for the prayers and support you have given our family throughout this ordeal. We are so grateful and appreciative to each of you. You have blessed us, encouraged us, and kept us going. And, we know it has been your love, concern, and prayers on behalf of Zach that has helped him improve. Zach has greatly appreciated the cards and pictures you have sent him. We so much appreciate all those who have organized and held fundraisers to help Zach. To each of you–you have touched our life in some way and we can only say thank you! We continue to pray for the driver that he is doing well–our prayers continue to be with him too! Fredericskburg: Thank you! Kindest regards, Grandma Morrison

  • John

    Pam Gould:

    It’s great to have someone reporting on things in community that are important to the people living in or near it. But after some of the recent tragic events involving students and young people, it would go a long way if you would change the name of the log to something that can’t be associated with slang that may be hurtful to the families and friends of these kids.

  • http://p ashley r.

    a prayer for the morrison family:When we keep the Word of Wisdom, God promises us not only better health, but also “wisdom and great treasures of knowledge” (Doctrine and Covenants 89:19). Living the Word of Wisdom is a key to help us receive the guidance of God’s Spirit