Chad's Medical Expenses

$26,080 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 350 people in 28 months
Jill Tracz
on behalf of Chad Campbell
 CLARKSTON, MI
This is my nephew, Chad. Chad is a father, a son, a brother, a nephew, an uncle, a friend, and an all-around great guy. Those who know Chad, know a 20 mile bike ride before breakfast was the perfect way to start his day, even though he no longer raced professionally.

On Friday, September 2nd, with his kids off to school, Chad was well into his 30-40 mile ride in the mountains of Asheville, NC, before heading to work. 
Shortly before 7am he was hit from behind by a truck. He and his bike were thrown over the guardrail and off the roadway. I don't know if the driver was going the posted speed of 50 mph, but thankfully, he stopped and called 911. The police and rescue personnel transported Chad to Mission Hospital, where he remains in Neuro ICU.

Chad was able to tell the EMTs his children's names and school before losing consciousness. The state trooper who had the children pulled out of class, to tell them of their father's accident, drove them to the hospital to be with their father.

Since being admitted, he has been kept under heavy sedation. He has had a full body CT scan and multiple surgeries to relieve swelling on his brain and alleviate strain on a pulverized pelvis. Requiring additional surgeries to repair fractured vertebrae, broken bones and torn muscles; he will need plates to connect the bones in his arms, legs and pelvis. We are thankful he has feeling in his fingers and toes and hope he will make a complete recovery.

After a long hospitalization and more surgeries Chad will require specialized nursing care and extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy. Like too many others, Chad does not have insurance. It's not that he believes he's invincible, or that he is reckless, he simply is a single father of two, trying to get by the best he can.

Chad is very unassuming and would never ask for anything, yet he would be the first to offer help to someone in need. Because he can't, I am asking family, friends, colleagues, and strangers to please help Chad. Your donation will not change Chad's life: it will give him back his life.  
 
Any donation - large or small - is greatly appreciated and will pay Chad's medical bills and make adaptations to his home that may be necessary for his recovery and rehabilitation.   
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Update 10
Posted by Jill Tracz
26 months ago
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It's been eleven weeks since Chad's accident. He is back in his home and trying to be self-sufficient. He is still unable to walk: the doctors want his pelvis to heal completely before he puts weight on it. He has weaned himself off most of the meds, and is currently taking one painkiller and a blood thinner to prevent clots.

He still has two surgeries ahead of him, but is trying to hasten his recovery and get back to walking and riding.

His strong resolution and your support have helped immensely.

Words cannot express our gratitude. Thank you, seems so inadequate.
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Update 9
Posted by Jill Tracz
27 months ago
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Chad returned home yesterday. He is finding it a little difficult to adapt, but keeps plugging away. He hopes to be at the event on Sunday.

Thank you to everyone for your help and support.
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Update 8
Posted by Jill Tracz
28 months ago
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Chad's extensive physical therapy is really paying off. He has been working hard to strengthen his legs and arms.

He cannot put weight on his legs yet, but is able to transfer to his chair under supervision. His right arm still lacks full range of motion, his grip has improved and he can hold a spoon in his hand, but the elbow doesn't cooperate and he can't get it to his mouth. He has become proficient at using his left hand, ( a guy's got to eat )!

Monday, he will visit his home with the therapists for an inspection. They will determine what addaptations are necessary for him to return to his home. Chad is hopeful that will be by the end of next week.

Thank you for all of your prayers, support, and encouragement.
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Update 7
Posted by Jill Tracz
28 months ago
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Chad continues to improve. Thanks to your prayers and encouragement.

He was moved to Care Partners Hospital on Saturday and has begun extensive PT " boot camp".

His broken bones are mending well, probably due to his physical condition prior to the accident. The lesion on his back is still
troublesome and will require longer to heal.

Chad would love to have visitors; after dinner is usually the best time. He also has his phone if you would like to call or text.
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Anne Slatton
28 months ago

Great news! So happy to get the update on his recovery. We will continue our positive thoughts for him!

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Emma Petersen King
28 months ago

Amazing! Thank you for the updates, we're so glad he's making strides in recovery

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Sallie Summey Smith
28 months ago

That's great news! Thanks for all the updates!

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Sallie Summey Smith
28 months ago

Thanks for all the updates. Still pulling for you, Chad!

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$26,080 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 350 people in 28 months
Created September 4, 2016
Jill Tracz
on behalf of Chad Campbell
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Great news! So happy to get the update on his recovery. We will continue our positive thoughts for him!

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Emma Petersen King
28 months ago

Amazing! Thank you for the updates, we're so glad he's making strides in recovery

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Sallie Summey Smith
28 months ago

That's great news! Thanks for all the updates!

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Sallie Summey Smith
28 months ago

Thanks for all the updates. Still pulling for you, Chad!

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