Our friend, Chad Welch was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia on April 26th, 2005. He endured three separate relapses and two fully stem cell transplants during his 26 month long battle. Chad lost his courageous battle with cancer on June 24, 2007. Team Chad was inspired by Chad's friends and family in order to help "Continue Chad's Fight Against Leukemia".
Even though Chad was only with us for a short thirty years, Chad maximized every moment and had an incredible passion for life. This passion for life was evident in his many close friendships, his enthusiasm for all things associated with football (especially Big Orange Football), his zeal for his Christian values, and his love for his wife and family. During Chad 's two-year fight with AML leukemia, he also became passionate about the larger fight against leukemia.
This passion was displayed in several fashions through Chad's life, including his nomination and campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year Award (where he won Hero of the Year), his contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk and in his every day dealings with family and friends, as well as nurses, doctors and staff on the 11th Floor North at Vanderbilt Hospital.
Since 2007, Team Chad has been dedicated to helping patients and families of those effected by Leukemia. We've raised over $550,000 to help patients during their time of greatest need. We could not do this without the generous support of our sponsors and individuals. We thank you and invite others to join in and help continue Chad's fight against leukemia.