Handicapped Access for Coach Chew

$29,805 of $45k goal

Raised by 296 people in 4 months
Eileen O'Connell Yanchewski  LEOMINSTER, MA
This has been the most difficult year so far for Mark “Chew” Yanchewski and his ‘knee issues’.  As of today, November 12th he has had 12 trips to the Operating Room and has spent 60 of the last 85 days in a Boston hospital and 15 days in a Rehabilitation hospital.  In hospital speak; he’s had two readmits within 30 days – which is not good.  He misses home and the normalcy of life.  To say that he’s been laid up seems an understatement as he had his first surgery this year on June 10th, and was non-weight bearing post that time until Oct 24 when he became restricted to bed.

Mark and his surgeons are doing everything they can to save his left leg.  All agree that he is too young and too active to be crippled with a high leg amputation (hip disarticulation).  So, a difficult decision to take a long corrective path that would provide a better outcome has not been an easy decision for Chew.  He knew that would mean that he would be unable to work, to coach football and to coach wrestling.   He misses both the kids he coaches and the kids he works with every day in Special Education at Wellesley High School.  Never mind all the activities he’s missed out on – like kayaking and attending his own son’s graduation from Navy Boot Camp.  It’s hard to explain all that he has been going through but when dealing with nurses and doctors at the hospital you know it’s bad as they all express how sorry they feel for him making comments such as “he can’t catch a break”, “he’s been through so much”, and “how does he stay so positive through all of this”, etc.  On a lighter note, he has formed new relationships with the nurses who have been working with him over these months.  Many make comment at how positive he is and yes, some even laugh at his humor.  Personally, I think it’s his faith that’s carrying him through this difficult time.

Late last year, Mark and I moved to a single level house.  Much of this difficult decision was due to anticipated problems with his knees, our age and empty nesting. Although we are primarily on one level, he still needs handicapped access to the bedroom, the bathroom and the entry into the house.  Unfortunately, since Mark has been out of work since June (both school and coaching), we are working with just my income. We simply can’t afford these renovations ourselves with a single income and medical related costs.

Currently, Chew is still in the hospital and has at least one more surgery planned for skin grafts.  Once the reconstruction on his leg is improved, he will then move to a Rehabilitation hospital and have to gain back strength before he can go home.  Once home, he will have to wait six months to return for a new knee, femur and tibia to be inserted. He’ll continue to be on multiple IV antibiotics much of the time, continuing to fight the new infections in his leg.  Until then, he has a large antibiotic-coated rod bolted to his hip extending to his ankle – which means his leg cannot bend (as there is no knee in there).  He will have to recover/rehab after the spring surgery as well.  So, as you can see, he has a long road ahead.

We are asking for help to fund these specialized handicapped renovations so that he can maneuver more easily in his wheelchair when he can return home.

Chew is not the type of person that asks for help, so he’s not going to be comfortable with the fact that I have initiated this fund (I haven't told him yet). Frankly, I’m uncomfortable asking myself but many have asked me if there is anything that they can do to help. So, I’m hoping that people/families who Chew has coached, taught, or helped in any way over the years will find it in their hearts to help make it so that he can be safer at home, when he is finally able to return.

So please SHARE and SHARE SOME MORE to reach those who know/knew Chew and might be able to help – in any way.  If people would like to donate services instead of money, these too would be gladly accepted – maybe our own version of “Extreme Makeover”?

Thanks in advance for any/all help you can give in helping me get Chew home safely.

Eileen Yanchewski
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Update 16
Posted by Eileen Yanchewski
14 days ago
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What a great day yesterday visiting WHS. He has missed everyone so much. Thanks to all who stopped by for a hug :-) <3
Kicking myself for not taking pics :-(
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Update 15
Posted by Eileen Yanchewski
1 month ago
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The latest update...new hallway floor. Should make for easier trips to the bath & bed. We have such great friends <3! Mark came home from the hospital today- so happy to be at home in his comfy chair. I think I'll find him basking in the sun out in the driveway tomorrow. Haha
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Update 14
Posted by Eileen Yanchewski
1 month ago
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Well today is the Chew man's Birthday. If you have him as a contact in your phone, please wish him a great day! He's feeling more independent this last week as he's been able to use the shower & toilet in the new bathroom (still a few things left but close). He also has another surgery planned for next Friday. Nothing to worry about, just another round of plastics (debridement & graft)
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Update 13
Posted by Eileen Yanchewski
2 months ago
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We all know that a good nurse can make or break your healthcare experience. This past week, mark had a doctor appt and we went to visit his last inpatient floor. Thankfully, his 2 favorite nurses were working - Naomi & Jocelyn. Not only did they get to know Mark (they shared alot of laughs) but they became advocates for him. Cherish when you 'click' w a nurse that takes the time to get to know ALL about you/your history
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Thomas Bedford
1 month ago

Happy Birthday Chew man! Great progress using shower and toilet. I bet it feels great. I am sure you enjoyed the Patriots win. What a game! Tom & Joan

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Thomas Bedford
2 months ago

Eileen, thanks for the update. Wishing the family a very positive 2017. Mark must be very happy to be home.

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Mindy Kessler Hoge
2 months ago

Great to hear! Happy New Year to both of you!

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Bill Pozerycki
2 months ago

Wonderful News!! All the best in 2017 and beyond....Happy New Year!

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Mindy Kessler Hoge
3 months ago

Great news! Enjoy being home together!

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Dale Broadbent Crowe
3 months ago

Awesome! Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

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Ruthann P Bakun
3 months ago

God bless you all.

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Irene Sydell Fraser
3 months ago

We are thinking about the both of you and are praying for you.

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Vincent Scuoteguazza
3 months ago

Eileen - always thinking of you two. Positive thoughts and prayers.

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Thomas Bedford
3 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Also, praying for good test results.

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Sharon Jansen McHugh
3 months ago

So sorry to hear that. I will keep him and you in my prayers.

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Dale Broadbent Crowe
3 months ago

So sorry to read this sad news. You all will be in my prayers.

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Sharon Jansen McHugh
3 months ago

UGH....Sorry for the setback. It must be very frustrating for you both.

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$29,805 of $45k goal

Raised by 296 people in 4 months
Created November 12, 2016
Eileen O'Connell Yanchewski  
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$100
Paul Martin (marty)
17 days ago
MM
$30
MaryAnne McDonald
1 month ago

Happy Birthday Coach Chew. Much love, Mrs. Mac and the Family X X

MO
$200
Mike & Teresa O'Neil
1 month ago

Our very best!

$25
Anonymous
2 months ago
FB
$100
Fran Beecy
2 months ago

Mark & Eileen- Wishing you the best medical care throughout this healing process. Sending you prayers for a healthy and loving 2017!

DG
$250
Dennis Giampietro
2 months ago
CH
$300
Cindy Herweck
2 months ago
JM
$100
Julie Moran
2 months ago
SO
$100
Sharon O'Toole
2 months ago
$100
Anonymous
3 months ago
Thomas Bedford
1 month ago

Happy Birthday Chew man! Great progress using shower and toilet. I bet it feels great. I am sure you enjoyed the Patriots win. What a game! Tom & Joan

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Thomas Bedford
2 months ago

Eileen, thanks for the update. Wishing the family a very positive 2017. Mark must be very happy to be home.

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Mindy Kessler Hoge
2 months ago

Great to hear! Happy New Year to both of you!

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Bill Pozerycki
2 months ago

Wonderful News!! All the best in 2017 and beyond....Happy New Year!

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Mindy Kessler Hoge
3 months ago

Great news! Enjoy being home together!

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Dale Broadbent Crowe
3 months ago

Awesome! Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

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Ruthann P Bakun
3 months ago

God bless you all.

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Irene Sydell Fraser
3 months ago

We are thinking about the both of you and are praying for you.

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Vincent Scuoteguazza
3 months ago

Eileen - always thinking of you two. Positive thoughts and prayers.

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Thomas Bedford
3 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Also, praying for good test results.

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Sharon Jansen McHugh
3 months ago

So sorry to hear that. I will keep him and you in my prayers.

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Dale Broadbent Crowe
3 months ago

So sorry to read this sad news. You all will be in my prayers.

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Sharon Jansen McHugh
3 months ago

UGH....Sorry for the setback. It must be very frustrating for you both.

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