Grief

Support for an Educator: Nebraska Assistant Principal Paralyzed

Written by Bailey Koch

As an educator myself, I know the connection that students, staff, and communities have with their teachers, coaches, and school administrators. It’s a bond that lasts a lifetime because we have the honor of watching our students grow through trial, error, and triumph. Educators are a part of who we become. And even if we don’t always say it, we are thankful.

There’s also something special about being an educator in Nebraska, especially small town Nebraska. We support. We love. We lift up in prayer. And now’s the time. But we don’t limit to only Nebraska. Because this is a fellow educator. And let’s face it, there are a lot of us. So let’s support.

Chad Fuller, an assistant principal for David City High School in Nebraska, is now paralyzed from the neck down after sliding down a slip and slide at a family’s residence on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The slip and slide ended in the Lake of the Woods of Saint Paul, Nebraska and when Chad entered the lake, his neck was broken on impact. Thankfully, Mr. Fuller is recovering. But now is the time he, his family, his community, his students, his staff, his everyone all need our support. 

So let’s help. The Nebraska USA Wrestling Facebook page is doing an excellent job of keeping updates coming on Chad’s progress. They helped me contact the family to find if donations are needed. If you are willing and able, please send any financial donations directly to the family using the information below. All donations will go directly to Chad’s immediate family to help cover expenses not covered by insurance.

Information to send financial assistance:

US Bank (any US location)
c/o Chad Fuller Benefits

Countryside Bank
c/o Chad Fuller Benefits
976 11th Street
Syracuse, NE 68446

 

Most importantly, please pray for Chad’s recovery, for strength and comfort for family and friends, and for healing in every way.

Picture from 1011 News Facebook page along with a write-up.

About the author

Bailey Koch

The story of Bailey Koch finding her love for and strength in writing begins with near tragedy. In February of 2012, Bailey’s husband was nearly killed in a head-on collision with a semi truck. As a method of getting information to friends and family, Bailey began a Caring Bridge page. Immediately, others began commenting that Bailey should be a writer. “Yeah right!” Bailey thought. “There’s no way I could do that!”

“Never Alone: A Husband and Wife’s Journey with Depression and Faith” was published in March 2015 and is written by Jeremy and Bailey Koch. It details their struggles with severe depression and the journey toward understanding their purpose, accepting help, and finding faith. High school sweethearts, Jeremy and Bailey know their lives were meant for each other and to help others by being honest about their story. They are proud parents of two beautiful, and often rambunctious, boys. Hudson and Asher are 10 and 7 years old. You can learn more about their journey and even purchase the eBook or paperback copy of “Never Alone” at www.jeremyandbailey.com.

Jeremy and Bailey found their purpose in helping others find hope when suffering from a disability, especially unseen illnesses like depression. Jeremy, who suffers from suicidal thoughts, continues to learn to live, not simply stay alive, through hope from God and the acceptance of help. Bailey is his biggest supporter and left her teaching job, after being in public education for seven years, to focus on what the two know to be God’s plan. Bailey now works as a Lecturer in Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and will graduate with her doctoral degree in Special Education from Walden University sometime in 2018. Jeremy and Bailey co-own and operate Natural Escapes, a landscaping and greenhouse services business that also includes a paint your own pottery and canvas family art studio. The passion to advocate for those who can’t easily advocate for themselves is strong. Bailey has a message of hope and acceptance for all; she has plans to completely demolish the societal stigma attached to mental illness.