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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


With the biggest cavity producing night only a couple of days away, I figured it was only fair to Chaser,  since he can't eat them yet, that I take a picture of him next to his favorite candies...M&M's- or as he would call them Num-Na's!.  Chase has had a great week.  The Robinul that we have been giving him twice a day to dry up his secretions, has really helped.  The suctioning the last three nights has been minimal- and the snoring has decreased as well.  He is still handling the Puree food good, so good that when his Kangaroo feeding machine broke down today- without hesitation, Lisa barked out...."Should we just feed him real food (Puree)?" - We agreed that we can't get carried away, but it was a pretty cool spontaneous reaction- both of us looking forward to that day!  Fortunately there was someone on call that switched out the unit tonight.....as I am off tomorrow morning to Wolfs Ridge with Tanner and his 5th grade class for a 5 day field trip in Northern MN.  Five days of hiking, climbing, exploring and learning.  I am more excited than Tanner!  I don't think his withdraw from the TV, video games and Gatorade will hurt him too bad....but no hockey for a week may be tuff :).  We are scheduled to get back just in time for trick-r-treating.  I am looking forward to showing Chaser his new ride for the big night!  A friend of ours Rachele, gave us Zacks (Go team Zach Attack!) old wheel chair to use....after some fun hours of modification, its now a lit up, cool  Chopper!  He is gonna love it!  Wednesday,  he and Lisa are off to Mayo to meet with an arm tendon surgeon specialist.  His little arms and wrists are at the point that we need to do something surgically to help him out.  I hope the meeting goes well- very thankful there is something they can do to ease his discomfort!  Hope you all have a great week.  Thank you for your thoughts and Prayers to the Big Guy!

God is Good~