Chace Arthur Rocha was a remarkable young man. He was more than a son, a brother, a nephew, a grandson, a cousin, and a friend. At nineteen, Chace was a hero to many and this is his story.
Chace was born and raised in the small town of Climax, Michigan. He lived with his folks and his younger brother brother Blake. Chace was an active member in Scouts most of his life. By the time he turned 17, he had become camp counselor, helping kids achieve their highest potential in whatever they did. It was a role he thoroughly enjoyed. Chace had a natural knack for helping people and making a difference in their lives.
Chace co-founded a non-profit organization called "Helping the Community" at eighteen. Helping the Community focuses on aiding people in need within their own communities. The organization provides them with basic housing so many of us take for granted. You might ask what would spur a young man to have such a desire? During the Katrina disaster, Chace was concerned about the horrible waste of time and money during the crisis. He questioned the very organizations, set up to provideaid, were taking advantage of the resources meant for the people in the greatest need. Chace recognized a need to help unfortunate people and knew in his heart he could do something good. He poured his energies into making his dream of quality, low income housing for the people of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. It would be just the first step for this fledgling organization. As always, Chace's aspirations were to growth and reach further.
On January 18, 2006, Chace had an unfortunate accident while sleeping. For 18 months he laid in a hospital bed at a nursing care facility where many doctors, nurses and specialists exhausted every possible treatment available. With heartfelt regret they announced there was no cure or recovery for Chace.
This beautiful, bright boy who started the year attending KVCC with hopes of mastering an electrical engineering degree to add to his many talents, did succumb; leaving behind his wonderful creation, Helping the Community. With devoted cared by family and friends, Chace said his final goodbye on June 16, 2007.