The Raynes family is in a crisis and is in need of help. Chad Raynes, a husband to Michelle, a father to Kayla, a 16-year-old Willow Canyon High School student, and Damon, a 25-year-old United States Army Veteran. Chad is a pole vaulting coach at Willow Canyon High School. Thinking he possibly injured his back coaching, sought medical treatment for back pain that progressively got worse and eventually had him walking on crutches. On June 19th, Chad became violently ill and developed blurred vision. His wife, Michelle, unable to drive him due to a knee replacement surgery she underwent a few days prior, had their daughter drive him to the ER. Doctors quickly discovered that he had a tumor on his spine and was in need of immediate surgery to prevent paralyzation. Chad went into the ICU after surgery and has not made it out. Michelle, developed a DVT (blood clot) while Chad was in surgery and she herself was admitted into the same hospital and underwent life saving surgery to remove the blood clot. Michelle spent 3 days on the Cardiac floor recovering. The family has learned that Chad's cancer is an aggressive one and has spread to bone cancer. The pain he was having in his back was from his spine crumbling. His hip is also fractured from the cancer. They believe it originated in his lung and quickly spread throughout his body. Chad remains in ICU. Chad’s team of doctors are taking it day by day at this point and his release from the hospital is unclear.
Michelle just found out that Chad will be denied for his short term disability policy as it does not cover cancer. The only income this family has right now is Michelle's short term disability. Her son Damon has moved back home to help care for Michelle & his sister Kayla. Michelle, a RN at a local hospital and her son Damon, an Army Veteran have given to our community and our Country, and are now in need of support and love from us.