When one person on the team hurts, it’s our responsibility to rally around that person and see that they’re taken care of. That’s exactly what I’m seeing happen as one of the community’s team members faces a tough road ahead.
Chad Dixon has been a sports writer for our newspaper for years. He came on board in a time we needed some extra help in the sports department. Since he has a love for it, he fit right in with the team. Chad works for Aflac, but writing sports probably gives him an outlet to support the community and the coaches and players he meets on the sidelines.
Chad got some news recently. If you’re on Facebook and active in the Smiths Station community, you probably already know about it. If you’re a softball enthusiast, you probably already know about it. His fiance Brittney posted on Facebook on a page created called Fight Chad Fight that he was diagnosed with Leptomeningeal Disease where there are cancer cells in his brain and spinal fluids.
He has a hard road ahead of him in terms of treatment and recovery. One thing that she posted really hit me. She said, “I just felt like God was telling me that everything is going to be ok.” If she is hopeful, we’re going to be hopeful with her. And we’re going to be in prayer for him and his recovery. I know our God, the creator of all the universe, has Chad in His hands.
As of our deadline, he had received his fourth radiation treatment. For now, he is home and will be traveling to get treatments.
There are many ways to help him and his growing family. Central and Smiths Station Softball teams are selling bracelets to raise money for him. There is a GoFundMe page that has been set up. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/chad-dixon039s-medical-expenses to donate.
Friends are selling T-shirts designed by Joshua Beman Branding. They are blue and red to represent his favorite baseball team, the Cubs, with the words Fight Chad Fight. Shirts are $15 for adult small through extra large and $12 for children’s small through extra large.
Friends have also organized a Homerun Derby for Oct. 19 at the Smiths Station Sports Complex, 3160 Lee Road 242. For more information, text Stephen Stokes at 706-575-2672.
To keep up with Chad and his recovery, search the Fight Chad Fight Facebook page. The page is updated with ways to help and get involved.
Chad, we love you and we’re praying for your recovery. We’re praying for your family and those who are surrounding you right now. We can’t wait to see you back on the sidelines doing what you love.
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