Patti Ann McDonald, together with her son Conor, tell the story of their late husband and father NYPD Det. Steven McDonald, who stopped to question three youths in Central Park in 1986. He was shot and paralyzed from the neck down. Steven had been married less than a year, and Patti Ann was two months pregnant with their son Conor.

Rather than letting bitterness and hatred consume him, Steven chose to share his story of forgiveness through speaking at assemblies in schools all over the tri-state area. Along with author Johann Christoph Arnold, he visited hundreds of schools and spoke to thousands of students. Aside from recounting the harrowing events of the day that changed his life, McDonald focused on his long road to inner and outer recovery – a remarkable journey through anguish and anger to peace that began with a decision to forgive his attacker. He told audiences why he felt that “the only thing worse than a bullet in my spine would have been revenge.” In December of 2003, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly acknowledged his extraordinary contribution to the community with a surprise double promotion to Detective first grade. Detective McDonald passed away on January 10, 2017.