Saturday, June 5, 2010

Facts About the Accident

At Newport Beach between 40th & 42nd St. on Memorial Day, Zack and three of his friends ran into the ocean and dove into the waves. His body instantly was paralyzed. He was face down in the water.

His buddy, Travis, saw him and thought that he was joking. Then Zack started floating back out to sea and Travis ran to him and turned him over. Zack was still conscious, had held his breath the whole time, and remembers everything.

Zack said, "I can't move." Travis pulled him to the shoreline and ran to get a lifeguard, who then called 911.

Paramedics took Zack to Hoag Hospital (Newport Beach) first and then on to CHOC.

These are the events that took place and we are forever grateful to all the people who helped to rescue and stabilize our son Zack. Thanks to all the support we have gotten through phone calls, visits and prayers. We could not walk through this without you. Thank you GOD for never leaving my side.

Adron Collie (Zack's Dad).


  1. Though I have never met Travis I have heard an awful lot about him from Dylan and Zack.He must be a pretty mature guy to be able to realize Zack was in trouble and pull him from the surf.

    Adron as I have told Amber I dont think I personally could handle a situation like the one you both are facing. You guys are not only handling it but are doing so with such composure. Not to sound philosophical but in times like these you find out who your real friends are. It seems very clear to all who have stopped by to read about Zacks injury that you and your entire family have an abundance of friends and family who will be here for the duration.

    You and your family must be doing something very right in order to be so cared about. I am not a very religous person myself but have to admit your bravery and steadiness have illustrated to me that God definately offers something solid to grab onto in the worst of circumstances.

    Robert Piche

  2. Zack, We miss you very much. We can't wait wait to visit you. We are praying for your speedy recovery. Stay strong and keep the faith!
    Kevin, Kathleen and Reza Dowlatabadi

  3. Dear Amber and Adron,

    We are praying for you and Zack every day. We love you!

    Judy and Gene Alexander

  4. Karen, Jay, Nick, Luc and Frankie DiEugenioJune 6, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Thank you so much for taking the time to update us all. Please let Zack know how many people are deeply concerned about him, and praying that God will give him the strength and the courage to face this impossibly frightening challenge. He is loved, and we are all holding your family up in prayer.

  5. Dear Amber,
    I check the Blog daily & will continue to keep you & your family in my prayers. I pray for Jesus to give Zach the peace & comfort he needs to navigate this journey.When you are up for visitors let me know where & I WILL BE TEHRE. IN THE MEAN TIME WE ARE ALL CIRCLING YOU IN PRAYER.
    You are loved & cared for, may the spirit of Jesus stay with you always.

    Love you~

  6. my friends and i were there, and we all feel really bad for thinking zack was kidding.
    we really hope your doing good zack.
    were praying.

    -emma issy taylor jessie.

  7. Hi there, I heard about Zack through a friend on Facebook. I have 3 daughters and couldnt imagine going through something like this. I dont know your family but I have been following Zack and have been praying for him everyday. I know it is in Gods hands I feel very comfortable Zack will pull through, he looks like a fighter with good sprits. I pray our Lord gives all of you the strengh you need everyday. God bless you and everyone who is pulling for Zack. Keep smiling dear friend!

    Regards, Jill Doyle


Blog Archive