A very close work friend of mine, Brendan has received absolutely devastating news that his 18 year old son, chase, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Chase was enjoying his first taste of freedom, getting his license and enjoying having his own money when he was struck down by this illness a short while ago.
This has affected every aspect of his life in someway. His motor functions have been affected, he currently has double vision, impaired speech and impaired mobility. He now requires assistance for everyday tasks which are provided by Brendan and his mum Sandy, who are also having to take time off work to be at Chases beside 24 hours a day. Chase will be starting radiation this week in hopes of improving his quality of life and getting him back home.
As you can imagine this is a very difficult time for Chase and his parents. To show our support to Chase and his parents several of my colleagues and myself have decided to run 100ks over the month of May in attempts to raise any amount of money to help this family in some way.
Funds raised will go towards purchasing things for Chase to improve his life and will greatly assist his mum and dad with supporting themselves whilst they remain at his side 24/7.
Chase Haley has been a fighter since birth. Born with renal failure, his first two years saw a childhood nightimes of dialysis at home with food pumps. This situation improved with a kidney transplant at 2 and a half years of age. Chase grew into a young man who loves sports and exotic cars. Althought limited by his health, he tried a variety of sports before settling into an amateur spectator of global sports, from F1 to FIFA, league to rugby, grid iron to NBA. Encouraging his friends in their sporting endevours and having pleasure in driving his car, a freedom from some limitations of his body. Chase lived by inspirational people including John Cena and The Rock, living by his mantra of always being the hardest worker in the room. This changed in late March when a hospital visit checking on likely Bells Palsey was far more sinister. A suspected lesion in the brain stem has robbed Chase of clear vision for watching sport, and weakness of limbs means alot of time in a hospital bed, not his car. So Chase is fighting a battle, using radiation to beat the lesion and save hsi life. Chase has told everyone that he is a fighter, and he will live like The Rock, and live by being "the hardest worker in the room! "
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