Davison's Battle for Brain Recovery

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Raised by 598 people in 7 months
Created November 12, 2018
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14 year-old, three-time heart surgery survivor & inspiration Davison Chapman was tragically hit by a truck while leaving a school festival with family last Saturday. Now facing severe brain damage from the accident, he needs immediate support to overcome his biggest challenge to date. Davison, we are with you 100%! (Click Updates Above  to see Davison's progress since the accident.)

Davison Singing "Climb Every Mountain" | Something He's Been Doing Since Birth

This is Davison!  ♡ Singing Last Year to Residents at  Little Sisters of the Poor

Survivor of 3 Open-Heart Operations |  Now A Battle for His Brain

This is not the first time Davison and his family have met with what seems like insurmountable odds and medical costs.  Born in 2003 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, he has brilliantly survived three open-heart surgeries, congestive heart failure, and two acute kidney failures with perseverance

. . .  each time returning with intention to live his biggest life.  An excellent student and freshman at Maggie Walker Governor's School, Davison meets life and each day with a sense of curiosity, kind words and with support for those around him.  He humbly admits that he has learned his "way" through his life experiences (which are more than most will ever know).

Davison's Immediate Challenge & Medical Costs

Sedated since the accident, Davison's immediate challenge is recovery from severe brain damage.  His prognosis is still being determined, but doctors suggest that with acute medical care and inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation services, he could face a two-year path to regain the ability to use the right-hand side of his body, communicate effectively, and remember things again. Medical costs after insurance will likely be several hundreds of thousand of dollars over the course of his recovery.

These expenses are on top of the roughly $12K recent medical costs for his successful heart catheterization surgery this past spring.  We hope that you will join Davison and his family in the faith and full hope that he will conquer this, as he has so much adversity before.

How Your Support Will Help

Money raised through gifts here deposits directly into an account for The Chapmans and will go toward the cost of Davison's current acute medical care, future inpatient & outpatient rehabilitation services, and around-the-clock care needed during recovery.

Additionally, this money will help allow his mother, Blake, to continue to contribute financially by keeping her career as a beloved Middle School English & Math Teacher at Good Shepherd Episcopal School (where Davison attended Kindergarten-Grade 8).

Other Ways To Help | Positive Thought, Safe Driving, Grateful Living

There are other ways you can help, and we are grateful for ALL.

You can help by directing your most positive and strong thoughts toward Davison's healing. • You can help with awareness of your surroundings when you are driving, especially when you're in school zones and at pedestrian crosswalks. • You can help with words of encouragement for Davison and his family. •  Lastly, you can help by reading on for a glimpse of some of the lessons Davison has given us in the way he lives his life.

Thank you for taking your time to get to know Davison.  He's remarkable. In fact, we all are; I hope you know that.  

Sharing Lessons I've Learned From Davison's Way of Life

I wish I could give each of you reading this post the opportunity to spend even five minutes with Davison so that you could experience the kind, grateful, and driven energy he has for life. It’s striking at any age - remarkable at age 14.  I wanted to share just a few things that I've learned from him.

Express gratefulness, in even the smallest things . . .because these small acts are how people show love.

Know the value of hugs.  Give them with intention.

Be kind and compassionate.

Stay curious about life.  It's pretty cool.

Always do your best.

Persevere and anticipate positive outcomes.

Listen to your heart.  Learn & pursue what interests you specifically.

Give your time and talents to help those around around you. These are the most memorable, valuable things you have to give.

Love freely TODAY.

WRTV News Story (Nov. 2018) : https://wtvr.com/2018/11/15/davison-chapman-hit-by-truck-good-shepherd-episcopal-school-gofundme

Story in the RTD (Nov. 2018) : https://tinyurl.com/ydax7d6a

WRIC News Update Story (January 1, 2019): https://tinyurl.com/ydedyc66


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Earlier this week, a "Little Free Library" was dedicated in Davison's HONOR at Good Shepard Episcopal, Richmond VA. Wow! Inspired by his passion for reading, the library is hand-painted with favorite characters from D's favorite stories and filled with books specially selected from friends and fellow students at GSES. This gift of a library in D's honor is exactly perfect!

Here's a link to a video of the dedication. It's heartfelt and lovely. All the way til the end when a teacher reads the poem "It Couldn't Be Done" and speculates that the poet & author must have been inspired by someone just like Davison. Congratulations Davison on a remarkable year. You're our favorite TEACHER!


Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
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This happened.

PROM with this smart, beautiful young lady. Happy Spring everyone. JOY!
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Something scary happened on Tuesday afternoon. Davison became aware suddenly that he could not recall his name or control his right arm. Within an hour, he was at VCU with his parents where he stayed the night. He underwent multiple tests and doctors were able to rule out major threats including that of a full stroke. They believe he experienced a TIA (transient ischemic attack) which mimics a mini-stroke but doesn't have lasting damaging effects.

The positive news is that by noon the next day, D had recovered his memory and the use of his arm and he was released by 12:30. On his way home from the hospital with his dad, he texted this message to his mom at school "if it's not to late, order me lunch at school. I should be there by 12:30."

Talk about resilience and FIGHT!

In the week since the episode, Davison is back to making great strides and doing all the things he loves. On Sunday, they went to the zoo and he actually walked 2 miles. Turns out walking is a lot easier when there are giraffes, zebras and monkeys involved. He's been learning new songs on the piano, and today he visited a new school that he's considering for next fall. His parents say that he'll likely need an aid for support in class. They mentioned to me today that they realize this is an option only because of gifts from each of you. So, I thank you one more time - so sincerely for making a real difference for Davison.

Oh, and did I mention he got new glasses? Yep! Things are looking good - and so is D! Here below is a pic of D in his new glasses and a clip of him playing the new song he's learning on the piano. "The Fight Song". If you're not familiar with the words - Google it and you'll agree this is the perfect song for him.

Have a great weekend and thanks for all of the continued good thoughts. ♡
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TODAY...D got the staples taken out of his head!

If you look closely - you can read the message on his shirt: "A scar just means you were stronger than what tried to hurt you." Got that right X 10! Beyond the no-more-staples victory, Davison is continuing with his therapies & spends afternoons at Good Shepard Episcopal School, where he gets refreshed in math & works on relearning to read with his Cousin Nancy Negus.

His mom, Blake will at last address her injuries from the accident this Monday with surgery for her rotator cuff. The thought HAS occurred to her that recovery time will also allow for some much needed rest! Healing & supporting thoughts coming at you Blake.

And that's the latest - onward and upward.
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