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Injured American Soldier Needs Help Coming Home To His Family

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

Please visit GoFundMe to see how you can help American hero Chase Simmons come home to his family.

Chase Simmons was born with Systemic Mastocytosis, a rare and incurable disease.

Though doctors initially said he would not live past the age of seven, Chase proved at an early age that he was a fighter. A constant presence by his side, Chase’s mother, Vicki, provided him with an extra boost of hope and strength.

After having lost her first son, Kyle Michael Simmons, shortly after birth, Chase became Vicki’s miracle baby. Not only did Chase live past the age of seven, but he grew up to become a Private 1st Class in the Army. Stationed in South Korea for a year-and-a-half as a behavioral health specialist, he was passionate about helping soldiers overcome PTSD and suicide prevention.

In December 2015, Chase arrived back home to spend the holidays with his family in Lakeside, California. It was during this trip that a semi-truck lost control and struck the car Chase was driving head-on. Chase’s injuries included three bleeds on his brain and a broken neck, and doctors explained to Vicki that he wasn’t expected to survive the first 48 hours. Living every mother’s worst nightmare, Vicki describes those days as the, “Worst 48 hours of my life.”

Despite suffering a traumatic brain injury, at 22 years old Chase is once again fighting back despite the odds. He has a long, hard road ahead but continues to make progress at a rehab facility near San Francisco.

In an effort to cover the costs of Chase’s medical bills, TV host and “GoBeKind” ambassador, Leon Logothetis teamed up with LittleThings to tell Chase’s story as the first part of his BigDreams series. Vicki’s best friend, Gayle McCormick O’Connor, set up a GoFundMe page to assist “the most spiritual, kind, loving, giving” family she knows. If they do not raise the funds for Chase’s medical bills, this American hero will not make it home.

Please visit GoFundMe to help Chase return home, and SHARE his story with your friends on Facebook.

One little thing could make Chase’s big dream come true…

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