Chase Jordan Walker died Thursday, July 28, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, surrounded by friends and family.
Chase touched the lives of so many, in such positive ways, without ever saying a word. He was born in Portland, Ore., to Brett Walker and Laura Borger on July 11, 1994. His life, and the lives of his family, started by facing the immense challenges that severe cerebral palsy can bring.
One of the first lessons he taught his young parents, who were forced to grow up overnight, was to appreciate miracles every day. He taught his doctors to never underestimate his will to overcome any obstacle his frail body managed to throw his way. He taught his family that a smile and a giggle can mean just as much as a day's worth of conversation. He taught all of us that a small and quiet life can have a huge impact on our lives and how much can be learned from a boy who never said a word.
Chase's early childhood wasn't all that different from other children his age. He attended school in Beaverton, Ore., later relocating to Lewiston, where he attended Camelot Elementary School. He went to family cookouts and had sleepovers with his cousins. He enjoyed spending time in the water and loved his weekly water therapy classes.
In 2001, he greeted his new little sister, Halle, showing all the grace that big brothers are expected to show through the challenges of bottles, night-time crying, crawling and walking.
As he got older he developed a special bond with his caregiver, Brenda Harris. She was one of his biggest advocates, always having a positive word and a bright outlook regardless of the challenges Chase faced.
He is survived by his parents; sister; brother, Kaleb; grandparents, Karen and Don Walker of Lewiston, Bette and Randy Borger of Boise, and Trina Kim of Portland.
A service will be conducted at noon on Monday at Vassar-Rawls Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Memorials may be made to the Pediatrics Department of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.