It started as a sore ankle just a couple of days before Halloween in 2016, but after a trip to the doctor didn't reveal anything obvious, Chase experienced a steady progression of excruciating pain, to the point of not being able to walk. Bloodwork that was done during a return trip to the doctor yielded an alarming result. Immediately, six-year-old Chase, and his parents Doug and Marcie of Granville, were headed for Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo. On November 3rd, Chase was diagnosed with Philadelphia Chromosome positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Chase has had many complications during his three years of treatment, including reactions to chemo, a seizure with bleeding on the brain that resulted in five days on life support in the ICU and pneumonia that created an abscess and ultimately resulted in a lobectomy of the lower portion of his left lung.
Since originally reaching remission, Chase’s bone marrow biopsies have been negative, and all of his oral chemos were put on hold in January of 2019. Unfortunately, a specific marker associated with the Philadelphia Chromosome issue made a return in August of 2019, in the results of what was to be his bone marrow biopsy to complete treatment and ring the bell. Chase could not resume the oral chemo Gleevac (Imatinib), as there was concern that his body had adapted and it would no longer be effective in suppressing the Philadelphia Chromosome. Chase is now nine and a half years-old and he takes a second-generation oral chemo called Sprycell (Disatinib). Chase is classified to have had a Molecular Relapse. A bone marrow transplant is likely inevitable and Chase is on the transplant list with Mayo Clinic, where they are already working to locate a donor.
With Chase's previous reactions to many of the chemotherapies they use in the transplant process, his doctors are content with continuing the oral chemo as long as it continues to achieve the necessary results. Chase has always been more concerned with everyone else's health over his own. He is a very selfless, caring individual. He absolutely loves playing video games with his friends and especially his brother, Christopher. Chase has an obsession with pugs and has John, his very own pug that he named after his friend and fellow honoree, John Freer. Chase has always said that he wants to be a doctor when he grows up, just like his oncologist, Dr. Anim.