A true American hero, Chase Simmons, went home to California on leave to spend the holidays with his family, but while he was home something unimaginable happened that would change his life and now he needs your help.
Chase was born with a rare and incurable disease called Systemic Mastocytosis. Doctors told his mother, Vicki, that he would not live longer than the age of seven. But, Chase was a fighter and his mom never treated him like a sick kid. Chase went on to play football, he gained strength and once he graduated from high school, he went on to join the Army.
Chase wanted to help others and became a Private 1st Class in the Army as a behavior health specialist. He was stationed in South Korea for a year and a half, prior to coming home to Lakeside, California to visit family for the holidays when something very tragic happened.
While driving in his car, Chase was struck head-on by a semi-truck that lost control. He had major injuries, including a broken neck and three bleeds in his brain. Doctors told Vicki that Chase wasn’t expected to make it through the 48 hours following the accident.
But once again, just as he did earlier in his life, Chase persevered. He continues to suffer from a traumatic brain injury and has a long road ahead of him, but he is continually making progress in his rehab treatment.
Click here to visit Chase’s GoFundMe page, set up by family friend, Gayle McCormick O’Connor, to donate to the family and help Chase return home. Everything little bit counts for Chase’s future.