He epitomized an evolution of self few ever will achieve. From Silent Bob to Chadderbox; fast food to organic; suit to carharts; Olympic luge prospect to Alpinist; Chad is the butterfly emerged, the Phoenix risen.

Most would barely survive his physical hardships, much less emotional. Yet he persevered to heal heart and body, to find again the beauty of partnership, the freedom of the alpine.

Many spent time with Chad on his journey. We have stories; funny, sad, incredulous. Share them, that we might remember Chad.

And, in these stories, may we come to know ourselves. To live our lives to their fullest.

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