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Chase’s Story

 On March 30, 2013 - Chase suffered an anoxic brain injury caused by a near drowning accident in a pool while on vacation .He was without oxygen,  non-responsive and no heartbeat for several minutes.  It is a Miracle that he is here with us today. Thanks to some truly selfless, quick reactions from strangers poolside, a vast number of incredible medical professionals, and the Lords hands -he has been given a second chance at life. 

 We spent 11days at Arnold Palmer Children’s in Florida,  - once stabilized, we cameback to MN- where we stayed at Gillette's Children's Hospital in St.Paul.  Here he spent 3 months working vigorously in therapy, and improving his health.  Overcoming almost impossible odds, he was given the clearance to head home and continue his recovery in the company of his siblings - (Ava 8yrs old, Tanner 10yrs old) and his puppy Carly. He no doubt has a long and difficult recovery process ahead of him, which we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to guide him through.  Chaser is a strong willed little 5 year old who has what it takes to get there!  We would like to thank all of you for your prayers and support, and look forward to updating you along his journey to a complete recovery!  God is Good!  

Latest Journal Update

Blowing Kisses

Its much easier to look back in time after something has happened, analyze the signs and see how just how it got there, then it is to see it coming.  But in Chasers case, if you add a little faith to the equation, there are times it hits you smack dab in the face of whats to come!  The last week he has started to move his lips and tongue in a manner as if he is trying to talk- ok, talk might be a stretch....but its something completely different then we have seen his little mouth do  since March 30th of last year.....and its Awesome!
He has had a good week.  There have been a few periods in the evenings that he has been crying and a little upset- which we have chalked up to an upset stomach.  He is much better today- must have been that Molly time he got at the rink during Tanners hockey game.  I think he and his stomach are getting sick of the canned formula and its time to move on to the good stuff!  Lisa met with a nutritionist on Wednesday and got the complete lowdown on blending real food to feed him.  She was surprised at how easy it is....or at least- sounds like it is.  So we went out and bought a Vitamix blender today and are gonna start tomorrow replacing one of the formula feedings with real food- Liquid Bacon here we come! We have added two PT students from the U to Chasers team.  Nik and Angela will be coming twice a week each, giving him an extra 4hrs of PT a week to help him on his journey to recovery.  Between -The Big Guy, these 2, Joanne (his PCA and buddy), the caring peps at Redtail Ridge Elementry School and all of you supporting him, there is no doubt he couldn't have a better team to get him to the finish line!  Thank you all for your undaunting support!
With all of the support we have received, we feel compelled to pass it on- and that is why we formed the Chasers Warriors team for the Polar Plunge.  We are jumping into Prior Lake on Feb 21st to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics.  My brother in law, Chad, has been doing this for some years.  Two years ago, I volunteered to drive him and the rest of his team to the lake, and pick them up after.  They hounded me relentlessly to join them.  I remembered telling him, I'll gladly donate, but I am NEVER gonna jump!  Well, obviously things have changed, and last year Lisa, I and some friends decided we would give it a shot in Chaser's honor and see if we could help these kids that have worked so hard to compete in the SO raise a little money.  Not only was it not that cold, but it was one of the most rewarding things Lisa and I have ever done!  This year our team is a little bigger, and if everyone that said they would join it, actually sign up we could be one of the biggest teams competing in the event.  Now, this isn't my style to ask for anything, but this one has nothing to do with me.  Here is a link to our team.  If you can spare a few bucks to help put some smiles on the many kids that participate in the Special Olympics feel free.  


https://reg.plungemn.org/team/chaseswarriors


I posted a video on Chases FB page of his mouth movemedont....check it out!


https://www.facebook.com/ChaseLykken


God is Good!