Adam and Matt Chaffee Recovery

$93,770 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,215 people in 35 months
Evan Hall
on behalf of Matthew Chaffee
 PORTAGE, MI
Hello, one and all!

The purpose of this fund is to help Adam, 23, his older brother Matt, 25, mother Carol, and entire family with recovery costs from two horrific accidents.

On Saturday, July 25th Adam endured a horrific neck injury due to a swimming accident.  He was quickly taken to the hospital in Three Rivers, MI by ambulance where he was then airlifted to Bronson in downtown Kalamazoo.

After x-rays, CT scans,  examinations, and other tests, the doctors concluded that Adam had multiple fractures in his C5 vertebra in his neck.  His C6 vertebra was shifted which severely compressed his spinal cord, functionally severing it.  

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 Adam has been making great progress but has a very long and difficult road ahead.  He is currently breathing with a tracheostomy and is beginning to have sensation and movement in his arms. He has been able to take breaths over the ventilator and doctors are hoping within the week he will be strong enough to breathe on his own, allowing him to speak again.  



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After his surgery, the doctors conducted more tests and concluded that Adam has a complete spinal cord injury since he has no sensation or voluntary control below his level of injury. He will never be able to walk or have full function of his hands for the rest of his life. We are hoping Adam can prove the doctors wrong.  

For those of you who do not know the Chaffee family very well, they are the most kind-hearted, genuine people you will ever meet, despite what they have gone through these past few years.  In January 2012, Matt and Adam's father, Greg Chaffee, passed away due to complications of a heart attack at the age of 55. Greg was one of the most generous and kind people you could ever meet, you can see those same traits in both of his sons, Matt and Adam. 

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In November 2014, Matthew was in a horrible motorcycle accident which left him paralyzed from the chest down. Matt broke 8 ribs which punctured both lungs, and shattered his spine at T8 which severed his spinal cord, resulting in a complete spinal cord injury. Matt has been living with Adam ever since his accident, under the loving care of his brother.5448643_1438110538.4513_funddescription.
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Watching Adam taking care of his brother after the accident will prove how close they truly are. Cooking him breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, helping him in and out of the car, carrying him on his back up and down stairs, helping him stretch, and the countless other times Adam has helped his brother shows how dedicated they are to each other. Besides being born as brothers, they’re also best friends. They are now both paralyzed with complete spinal cord injuries, they are in this together. 

For the past few years, Adam has been working his way towards his geology degree at Western Michigan University and pays for just about everything on his own. The funds of this campaign will go towards:
Uncovered medical bills
Medical supplies
Moving expenses
Medications
Adaptive equipment
Rehabilitation services
House hold barrier removal
Nurse care
Electric wheelchair with modifications
Accessibility van
Future assisted living for the both
Fixing Adam's car which is currently in his driveway on stands
And any other expenses to help out the Chaffee family


Any and all donations are appreciated. These funds will be put to use rebuilding and enriching the lives of two great men and their wonderful family. If you are unable to donate, all we ask is that you keep Adam, Matt, and the entire Chaffee family in your thoughts and prayers.

All funds will be of full access to Adam Chaffee and his brother Matt Chaffee online once the campaign has ended.

This campaign is being run on GoFundMe by his lifelong friend Evan and brother Matt along with the help of all of Adam's close friends and Family.

Please check back periodically for updates on Adam’s condition and, above all, thank you for keeping the wonderful Chaffee family in your thughts and prayers.

Short video of Adam and Matt waiting for the rain to stop so that they can take their nieces to the zoo. This was taken 2 weeks before Adam's accident.
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We are incredibly thankful for all of the support that we have been given throughout our journey to recovery. But this generosity takes it another level farther! Thank you to everyone who helped make our dream of owning an accessible van a reality for us! After using the van for a few days and getting used to all the technology, we couldn't be happier! Adam got into a rugby chair for the first time last night at the Mary Free Bed YMCA and did some pushing! He even got a few blisters on his hands that were bleeding, his first rugby injury!
Here is the story from MLive
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2016/10/matt_adam_chaffee_van.html
Our new van!
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A wonderful group of individuals have set out to get us a brand new accessible van, built specifically for our needs. They have set up a separate fundraiser for the van and have donated most of the funds, but need your help for the remainder. Check out the update from WOOD TV 8 that was aired this evening in Grand Rapids: http://woodtv.com/2016/09/09/strangers-raise-funds-for-paralyzed-brothers-life-changing-van/
Thank you everyone for all the incredible support that we have received, we can't thank you enough!
http://www.chaffeestrong.org
Also if you are interested, follow our Facebook page to get more frequent updates. https://www.facebook.com/chaffstrong/
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Small update. Matthew was able to participate in a trial for the Rewalk exoskeleton! Using devices like this are beneficial for many issues that spinal cord injury patients suffer such as bone, skin, and digestive health. Here is a short clip of the action!

Adam is in Chicago today for his 6 month checkup after his stem cell surgery. He has still not seen any benefit from the stem cells, but results were originally not expected to appear for 6-12 months post surgery, so we could be seeing function or feeling coming back in the near future! Thank you again to everyone who has supported the Chaffee brothers' journey to recovery!
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Everyone! Here is the latest update on the Chaffee brothers. Thank you again to everyone for making this possible!
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2015/12/adam_and_matt_chaffee.html
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Michelle Goldsborough-Vandygriff
34 months ago
6
6

This is a sad story that ive been following . I myself had the same exact injury C5-C6 quad mine was from a car accident in "98 which i was only 21yrs old and a mother of two young daughter's (2-4yr olds) and let me it wasn't a joy ride but glad i was left on earth to see my girls grow into beautiful women. But if i can help in any way i try too (lol) Just a couple FYI's if you are a smoker please don't start back when your out of rehab bc believe me i smoked for 15 yrs after my accident and ended up literally on deaths door once a year with pneumonia ive been ciggs free for 3 yrs now and havent been sick in 3 years , Another thing that is the best invention is a computer mouse called quadjoy.com (check it out) it will allow you to do what ever you want to do on a computer . Trust me it gives me a piece of mind bc i can do whatever "I" want to do on my own without assistance . The quadjoy guys are good ppl to. I wish i could remember the name of the awesome mattress im in but i haven't had a sore in 15 of my 18 yrs as a quad . Yall are more than welcome to facebook me and i will find out the name of it. They also told me i would have to sleep on the ventilator for the rest of my life but one night i put my big girl pants on and refused it (took for ever to fall asleep lol) But found out i eventually could breath on my own all night. (Not recommend ) But ive been totally off the vent. since "99 except those year i thought i could still smoke i was back on it a handful of times . Ive never really been a big drinker but idk about Mi. but in Indiana i had a prescription for a beer a day (lol foreal) but family had to provide the beer but i faithfully had one everyday until my sister come to vist with a cooler of all different fruit cut up in nice baggies and under all that fruit was a party of beer & liquor (lol) and well we got busted by a nurse that i didn't get along with and she sniched us out to the Doc. and he said no more alcohol (lol) Well i hope i was able to give you some info . Its sucks when things like this happen to good ppl but im a firm believer everything happens for a reason and sometimes will never know. I may sound all happy go ra that's just my personality but when it comes to my injury im still choking on on that and i wish you & bro. the best of luck and id advise counseling if you're having a hard time dealing with the cards lifes left you bc i didn't seek any counselling and i ain't right yet. Sorry if any of this offends you im only trying to help and to those reading i don't really give a dam if it offends you bc until you lay in our shoes i don't give a shit what yall think. For your momma i'm so sorry for your loss =( I know my mom has been through the wringer in my 18 yrs and even though i can't handle living with my mom bc its just to much mommy time (lol) I can always count on her (luv u mom) Feel free to fb me if u have any qstns i can help with bc its not my first rodeo. Godbless your family bc a spinal cord injury effects all those around you in there own kind of way......;... Shelly !! #prayers

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Michelle Hop
35 months ago
3
3

I am recently handicapped and in a wheelchairfor the rest of my life. It is a very hard struggle but with your families love and support, you can overcome anything. You CAN prove the doctors wrong and will. It may take time, but it can be done. Blessings to you and your family.

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Jordan Rivers
35 months ago
3
3

Carol, Matthew, Adam, and the Chaffee family have held on to hope in the midst of everything. If ever anyone was more needing of a miracle, it is the Chaffee family. ♥

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John Chubb
34 months ago
1
1

1$ makes a difference

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Lorie Bittersweet Brown
35 months ago
1
1

oh my goodness!!! This story brought tears to my eyes! Just when you think you have it bad, someone else has it worse! I don't have anything to give, but prayer. I pray that God will bless this family with peace, endurance, strength and most of all healing In Jesus Name! May he continue to bless you all with donations and all that you need In Jesus Name! Adam will be healed in Jesus Name! There is NOTHING too hard for God, with prayer and supplication make your petition known Chaffee family! By faith all things will be made well. God bless you!!

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Beverly Licht
35 months ago
1
1

There has never been a nicer family. They are all wonderful people. God bless them.

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Christine Gutz
20 months ago

This is awesome. So happy to hear that Adam played his first rugby game. Glad you are enjoying the van and feeling the freedom. It's a good thing.

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Ron A Carter
33 months ago

I have been in a wheelchair for 13 years it's a tough trasitiom at first but got to keep on moving just beware of depression pressure soars is danger get well soon guys you both can do it

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John Chubb
34 months ago

This is a story that caught my heart, for a few reasons, but more then anything you have someone who stood by your side 24/7. I am on disability, c4-c5-c6, i can walk for a while before it starts to hurt, still going to tharapy for 3 years. You both are my hero, I wish you all the best, you deserve to be just like you were before the accident, and I pray for you. keep in touch -John

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Dana Householder
34 months ago

I like hearing the positive news! I'm glad I donated :) Keeping you all in my prayers ♥

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Jerome Meredith
34 months ago

While reading the updates posted here, I was reminded of some breath-taking bits around spinal-cord injuries, that ran in USA Today and other media just over a year ago. There were some promising results that came out of a treatment study that involved electrical stimulation of the spinal cord. Here is a piece about that from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) site: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/apr2014/nibib-08.htm All my best guys. Good luck with the stem-cell trial, Adam! Forward... :-)

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Teri Donovan
34 months ago

Glad to hear they are going to MFB. Best place ever. Continuing prayers, healing light and energy!

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BillandJen Van
34 months ago

Carole and family. Bill and I are thinking of you, and praying more then you can imagine. We love you guys. Matt and Adam, I don't know if you remember me teaching your Bible Class at Northern Lights? You were always two of the most kind and funny young men. Stay strong! God hears your cries.

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Amber Davis
35 months ago

I took care of a Quadrapalegic(? spelling) he raised alot of money and went to China for stem cell surgery and came home for intense physical therapy, i was moving but before I did, this man was a lot be to shake my hand alot blend wiggle his toes. Just an option. I don't care who's against it. This man's life was greatly improved and I hope by now he is walking around . To see the joy on his and his wife's face was priceless. If God didn't want to help people then he wouldn't have given us the technology to do so. I will keep all of you in my daily prayers. May God bless you, answer your prayers and carry you through your struggles.

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Lisa Marie Busic
35 months ago

My prayers are with your family.

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Catherine Frank
35 months ago

I have been a paraplegic since 1999 chest down had 9 surgeries 2 trauma surgeries and nearly died 2 xs I know its tough but trust in god and everything will be fine I to have allot of medical expenses i tried a go fund me page to cover a wheelchair i needed 9,000 to get the wheelchair i needed but had no luck no one donated I am so glad that God is blessing you with donations GOD WILL PROVIDE GOD BLESS KATHY

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Lisa Smith Martinez
35 months ago

Wow ,I was in a car wreck in January messed up 3 bones in my back ,but mine is far from these guys myself I have been off since it anywhere and haven't been able to go back to work but my heart goes out to this family sending all my love and prayers to you guys after reading the story , it broke my heart 3 years ago I lost two brothers 9 days apart to cancerI have nothing to help, if I could I would because I know when my family was in this situation with my brothers ,i took my money and help them ,I knew they needed more than me , so I'm going to sat here and pray , that those that can help will, and pray that God will heal these brother's sending my love and prayers to you brother's and your family

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Caitlyn Emily Demmond
35 months ago

Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared this post! We can not express how much The Chaffee family appreciates this. Keep sharing!

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Wendy Vincent
35 months ago

http://ezawareness.com/pages/meet-eric-patrick-thomas

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Wendy Vincent
35 months ago

Please share this story to the brothers or at least look yourselves. I believe it will give them hope and inspire them. http://ezawareness.com/pages/meet-eric-patrick-thomas

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Tonya&Charlie McKinney
10 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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TM
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Tonya&Charlie McKinney
11 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$20
Kevin Walters Jr.
19 months ago

Get well soon guys it would be a miracle to see some change with body movement. Give you guys and your family my condolences

JS
$25
Joni Sluys
19 months ago

Praying for all of you.

MC
$100
Michael Coup
19 months ago
2
2

My son is a t4, so I know most of the issues. Love to you both! I'm glad you have each other! Oh, my son is 36, 12 years since his injury. He was shot in a burglary of his apartment. Complete para now, and now a professional, so don't give up!

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Anonymous
20 months ago
MD
$25
Michelle Delamere
20 months ago

God bless you all. There will be a cure.

Michelle Goldsborough-Vandygriff
34 months ago
6
6

This is a sad story that ive been following . I myself had the same exact injury C5-C6 quad mine was from a car accident in "98 which i was only 21yrs old and a mother of two young daughter's (2-4yr olds) and let me it wasn't a joy ride but glad i was left on earth to see my girls grow into beautiful women. But if i can help in any way i try too (lol) Just a couple FYI's if you are a smoker please don't start back when your out of rehab bc believe me i smoked for 15 yrs after my accident and ended up literally on deaths door once a year with pneumonia ive been ciggs free for 3 yrs now and havent been sick in 3 years , Another thing that is the best invention is a computer mouse called quadjoy.com (check it out) it will allow you to do what ever you want to do on a computer . Trust me it gives me a piece of mind bc i can do whatever "I" want to do on my own without assistance . The quadjoy guys are good ppl to. I wish i could remember the name of the awesome mattress im in but i haven't had a sore in 15 of my 18 yrs as a quad . Yall are more than welcome to facebook me and i will find out the name of it. They also told me i would have to sleep on the ventilator for the rest of my life but one night i put my big girl pants on and refused it (took for ever to fall asleep lol) But found out i eventually could breath on my own all night. (Not recommend ) But ive been totally off the vent. since "99 except those year i thought i could still smoke i was back on it a handful of times . Ive never really been a big drinker but idk about Mi. but in Indiana i had a prescription for a beer a day (lol foreal) but family had to provide the beer but i faithfully had one everyday until my sister come to vist with a cooler of all different fruit cut up in nice baggies and under all that fruit was a party of beer & liquor (lol) and well we got busted by a nurse that i didn't get along with and she sniched us out to the Doc. and he said no more alcohol (lol) Well i hope i was able to give you some info . Its sucks when things like this happen to good ppl but im a firm believer everything happens for a reason and sometimes will never know. I may sound all happy go ra that's just my personality but when it comes to my injury im still choking on on that and i wish you & bro. the best of luck and id advise counseling if you're having a hard time dealing with the cards lifes left you bc i didn't seek any counselling and i ain't right yet. Sorry if any of this offends you im only trying to help and to those reading i don't really give a dam if it offends you bc until you lay in our shoes i don't give a shit what yall think. For your momma i'm so sorry for your loss =( I know my mom has been through the wringer in my 18 yrs and even though i can't handle living with my mom bc its just to much mommy time (lol) I can always count on her (luv u mom) Feel free to fb me if u have any qstns i can help with bc its not my first rodeo. Godbless your family bc a spinal cord injury effects all those around you in there own kind of way......;... Shelly !! #prayers

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Michelle Hop
35 months ago
3
3

I am recently handicapped and in a wheelchairfor the rest of my life. It is a very hard struggle but with your families love and support, you can overcome anything. You CAN prove the doctors wrong and will. It may take time, but it can be done. Blessings to you and your family.

+ Read More
Jordan Rivers
35 months ago
3
3

Carol, Matthew, Adam, and the Chaffee family have held on to hope in the midst of everything. If ever anyone was more needing of a miracle, it is the Chaffee family. ♥

+ Read More
John Chubb
34 months ago
1
1

1$ makes a difference

+ Read More
Lorie Bittersweet Brown
35 months ago
1
1

oh my goodness!!! This story brought tears to my eyes! Just when you think you have it bad, someone else has it worse! I don't have anything to give, but prayer. I pray that God will bless this family with peace, endurance, strength and most of all healing In Jesus Name! May he continue to bless you all with donations and all that you need In Jesus Name! Adam will be healed in Jesus Name! There is NOTHING too hard for God, with prayer and supplication make your petition known Chaffee family! By faith all things will be made well. God bless you!!

+ Read More
Beverly Licht
35 months ago
1
1

There has never been a nicer family. They are all wonderful people. God bless them.

+ Read More
Christine Gutz
20 months ago

This is awesome. So happy to hear that Adam played his first rugby game. Glad you are enjoying the van and feeling the freedom. It's a good thing.

+ Read More
Ron A Carter
33 months ago

I have been in a wheelchair for 13 years it's a tough trasitiom at first but got to keep on moving just beware of depression pressure soars is danger get well soon guys you both can do it

+ Read More
John Chubb
34 months ago

This is a story that caught my heart, for a few reasons, but more then anything you have someone who stood by your side 24/7. I am on disability, c4-c5-c6, i can walk for a while before it starts to hurt, still going to tharapy for 3 years. You both are my hero, I wish you all the best, you deserve to be just like you were before the accident, and I pray for you. keep in touch -John

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Dana Householder
34 months ago

I like hearing the positive news! I'm glad I donated :) Keeping you all in my prayers ♥

+ Read More
Jerome Meredith
34 months ago

While reading the updates posted here, I was reminded of some breath-taking bits around spinal-cord injuries, that ran in USA Today and other media just over a year ago. There were some promising results that came out of a treatment study that involved electrical stimulation of the spinal cord. Here is a piece about that from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) site: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/apr2014/nibib-08.htm All my best guys. Good luck with the stem-cell trial, Adam! Forward... :-)

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Teri Donovan
34 months ago

Glad to hear they are going to MFB. Best place ever. Continuing prayers, healing light and energy!

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BillandJen Van
34 months ago

Carole and family. Bill and I are thinking of you, and praying more then you can imagine. We love you guys. Matt and Adam, I don't know if you remember me teaching your Bible Class at Northern Lights? You were always two of the most kind and funny young men. Stay strong! God hears your cries.

+ Read More
Amber Davis
35 months ago

I took care of a Quadrapalegic(? spelling) he raised alot of money and went to China for stem cell surgery and came home for intense physical therapy, i was moving but before I did, this man was a lot be to shake my hand alot blend wiggle his toes. Just an option. I don't care who's against it. This man's life was greatly improved and I hope by now he is walking around . To see the joy on his and his wife's face was priceless. If God didn't want to help people then he wouldn't have given us the technology to do so. I will keep all of you in my daily prayers. May God bless you, answer your prayers and carry you through your struggles.

+ Read More
Lisa Marie Busic
35 months ago

My prayers are with your family.

+ Read More
Catherine Frank
35 months ago

I have been a paraplegic since 1999 chest down had 9 surgeries 2 trauma surgeries and nearly died 2 xs I know its tough but trust in god and everything will be fine I to have allot of medical expenses i tried a go fund me page to cover a wheelchair i needed 9,000 to get the wheelchair i needed but had no luck no one donated I am so glad that God is blessing you with donations GOD WILL PROVIDE GOD BLESS KATHY

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Lisa Smith Martinez
35 months ago

Wow ,I was in a car wreck in January messed up 3 bones in my back ,but mine is far from these guys myself I have been off since it anywhere and haven't been able to go back to work but my heart goes out to this family sending all my love and prayers to you guys after reading the story , it broke my heart 3 years ago I lost two brothers 9 days apart to cancerI have nothing to help, if I could I would because I know when my family was in this situation with my brothers ,i took my money and help them ,I knew they needed more than me , so I'm going to sat here and pray , that those that can help will, and pray that God will heal these brother's sending my love and prayers to you brother's and your family

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Caitlyn Emily Demmond
35 months ago

Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared this post! We can not express how much The Chaffee family appreciates this. Keep sharing!

+ Read More
Wendy Vincent
35 months ago

http://ezawareness.com/pages/meet-eric-patrick-thomas

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Wendy Vincent
35 months ago

Please share this story to the brothers or at least look yourselves. I believe it will give them hope and inspire them. http://ezawareness.com/pages/meet-eric-patrick-thomas

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