Chase has been participating in cross country since middle school and has been active in other activities during his middle & high school career. Last cross country season, he and his identical twin brother, Cole, finished the very last race of their freshman year with their fastest 5K ever…literally 1 SECOND apart; can’t get any more identical than that. During this past summer leading into their sophomore year, Chase, along with his fellow EPXC teammates had been running trails & roads all above 7500ft. up to 10,000ft. in and around Estes Park. Chase was putting in some serious summer mileage to gear up for crushing his freshman best time. However, Chase was not progressing in his fitness like his brother, Cole. He was easily tired, throwing up almost once a week, having a hard time breathing and struggled keeping up. Although, without fail after running, Chase always felt fine and would put in a full day of work at Ride-A-Kart.
After concern from his mother, Kelly Murray and coaches, it was decided to take him to the doctor as everyone thought it may be mono. Chase’s bloodwork was taken at the Estes Park Medical Center (on August 16, 2018) and it turned out his bone morrow count was extremely low. Chase and his mother drove to Rocky Mountain Children’s Hospital in Denver and after more bloodwork, a biopsy on his marrow, excruciatingly long waiting hours for news, it turned out Chase had been diagnosed with leukemia. Over the next 5 days at Children’s Hospital, Chase started his first round of chemotherapy.
We are asking to help and share with others. Kelly will not be able to work as she helps Chase fight the battle of his life. She is a single parent of 4 boys and any donations to help her are greatly appreciated.
Kelly plans to regularly update Chase's progress through Caring Bridge at the follow LINK. They would appreciate the well wishes, kindness, love, prayers and support. Let’s join the fight with Chase and SEND IT!!
There are three ways to make a donation to the Murray Family. These donations will go towards the mounting medical expenses for the next 3 years, gas to travel almost weekly the 2 hours to Rocky Mountain Children’s Hospital in Denver then back to Estes Park, and food.
1. Donations can be made to Chase's paypal account at the following link: https://www.paypal.com/us/home (click on log in or sign up in the upper right hand corner, then choose send/request money and type in his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Donations can be sent to:
Premier Members Credit Union
c/o Chase's cancer fund
PO Box 4049
Estes Park, CO 80517
3. Participating in the "Race for Chase" 5K plus adding extra donation, if desire. Follow the directions below. If you plan to pay with cash or check on race day, please fill out this form. Race For Chase - Race Day Payment
***Please note that Online Registration w/ Credit Card will take 30% of the proceeds to the payment service. However, payments through Paypal OR in person at EPHS will send 100% to the Murrays.***
"Send It!" Wristbands
The Estes Park Cross Country team and the Estes community will be wearing "Chase - SEND IT" wristbands for $2.00 as we all join the fight against Leukemia with Chase. Look to purchase these wristbands at Estes Park High School as well as local businesses in Estes Park. Let’s join the fight with Chase and SEND IT!!