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Chaffee brothers face challenges, celebrate triumphs together

Adam Chaffee Released from Mary Free BedUPDATE: Good Housekeeping published a story about the Chaffee brothers’ journey on Nov. 20, 2015. Click here to read the story.

Brothers Adam and Matt Chaffee stick together through thick and thin.

That support system and brotherly bond will be crucial as the two adjust to a new life in the coming months.

Twenty-three-year-old Adam sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a diving accident July 25. He graduated Thursday from Mary Free Bed after months of intense inpatient rehabilitation.

Adam and Matt Chaffee leave Mary Free Bed 1Matt, 25, sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a November 2014 motorcycle accident. He had been living with Adam in Kalamazoo prior to Adam’s accident. The two will now share an accessible apartment in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Chaffee brothers’ unique story drew national media attention as support for the family poured in from around the country.

A GoFundMe account for Adam and Matt continues to receive donations. Funds will help offset the cost of things like an accessible van and medical supplies.

Learn more about the Chaffee family’s journey via the media links below:

Adam and Matt Chaffee’s Recovery (Facebook)

Adam Chaffee, paralyzed in accident, starts over with paraplegic brother‘ (MLive, Nov. 20, 2015)

Update on brothers paralyzed in separate accidents sees rapid progress‘ (WWMT-3, Sept. 7, 2015)

#ChaffStrong: Man paralyzed in accident shares story‘ (WOOD-TV8, Aug. 28, 2015)

Michigan man paralyzed in lake accident undergoes rare stem-cell treatment‘ (MLive, Aug. 22, 2015)

Adam Chaffee speaks for the first time since accident that paralyzed him‘ (MLive, Aug. 12, 2015)

Michigan man who care for disabled brother is paralyzed in accident‘ (MLive, July 30, 2015)
Adam and Matt Chaffee exit Mary Free Bed

Adam Chaffee graduates from Mary Free Bed Adam Chaffee works on therapy

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Tina Garza

From one alumna to the graduating alumnus, “Congratulations! I know it has been a long road but you did it! Keep fighting and stay strong!”.


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