At the end of May 2017, Chad was at his home while his family was out of state and country. Chad’s wife, brother and parents all tried to reach him via phone, text, and email for several days without any response from Chad. Fearing the worst, his wife called the local police to perform a wellness check on Chad. When the police arrived, they found Chad unresponsive on the floor. They estimate he had been down for several days before the police reached him. They rushed Chad to a nearby hospital where he was admitted into the ICU.
We visited Chad in the ICU last week. At the time, he was still fighting an infection in his body, but they hadn’t been able to determine the source of the infection. Chad was on a ventilator with a trach placed in his neck to help him breathe, so he couldn’t talk with us. His liver and kidney functions were deteriorating causing him to undergo regular kidney dialysis and procedures to remove fluid off his body. The neurological testing indicates he did not have a stroke or seizure. He slept a lot as his body is fighting. He did open his eyes for us, smiled and even stuck his tongue out at us on command! He is on a feeding tube which provides nourishment as he can’t swallow on his own yet. Chad is in serious condition.
Chad is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy (’96) and Stanford University (’01, MS Aero/Astro Eng, and MS Elect Eng). He also completed USAF Test Pilot School (’04). Chad is an adventurous, outgoing, and an all-around great friend. He is intelligent, funny, and humble. Chad is a one-day Jeopardy champion. He scaled Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. While pursuing his dreams, he helped many along the way pursue their own dreams. Chad is a fighter and with a little assistance, we can help him overcome this battle for his life!
Please join in helping Chad and his wonderful family cover the exorbitant costs of his treatment and rehabilitation. Every amount helps! Chad’s family is currently working through the insurance process to understand what bills coming in are covered and what is required to be paid out of pocket. Chad has been in ICU with round the clock care for 5+ weeks now with several surgeries performed, dialysis, and lots of medications, tests and scans. He is approaching his maximum insurance benefit for his catastrophic coverage. They have an immediate need to cover a ~$5000 deductible. The timeline of Chad’s recovery is undetermined; it will depend on how well his body stabilizes with the ongoing treatments. Chad’s main ICU doctor is hopeful in his recovery. He has repeatedly stated the need for intense and long-term rehabilitation. The funds raised will go directly to Chad's family (wife-Rachael Morgan) to be used towards all the potential costs involved in Chad’s medical care.
You can leave messages of love, prayers and support for Chad and his family below. To keep his family focused on Chad’s recovery, please direct any questions about this fundraising campaign or Chad’s status to Mike Boggs and Ben Trautwein who are the organizers of this fundraiser on behalf of Chad and his family.
- Jason Beam
- Ryan Rathje
- Linda Andruske
Organizer and beneficiary
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