In memory of Sgt. Christopher Schenk, a veteran, hero & father.

Assist the Schenk family with medical expenses, memorial costs, assistance for Chris' unborn son after his premature passing.
Candace Forstner
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States
3 Team Members

Heaven Welcomes A Hero

This campaign was started to help Chris get treatment after a swimming accident, leaving him paralyzed. Sadly, Chris lost his battle and passed away on August 3rd, 2013.

This campaign will continue and funds will go to the family to take care of final expenses related to Chris' care, memorial, or child. Please continue to share and donate. 


"It is with a heavy heart I post this news...

Chris lost his battle Saturday evening and has passed on. Chris was an amazing person, friend, boyfriend (keep Rachelle in your prayers), brother, son and grandson. He will live on in his own son who will be born in a couple of months. He was a courageous soldier who never hesitated to defend our country. A strong hero does not even begin to describe Chris Schenk. He will be in our hearts forever. 

Rest in peace my friend... You will be greatly missed. 

We will see you again one day in Heaven; fly with the angels.

Thank you to all who sent prayers and donations. It is all appreciated and Chris knew how much people cared for him and were trying to help. The fundraiser will remain active until the deadline. Funds will still go directly to the family to assist with any medical bills, and to use as needed for Chris' child. Please keep his family and Rachelle, mother of his child, in your prayers while they go through this tragic time.

Too well loved to ever be forgotten…"



What Happened

A valiant soldier, Christopher Schenk, was severely injured July 4th 2013, while vacationing with his family.

The incident took place on Torch Lake sand bar while awaiting the fireworks display. During this time Chris dove off the back of his family boat into shallow water. He hit his head on the bottom of the lake where he instantly injured his neck and drowned.

Chris was pulled out the lake by his father who called for help from a nearby boat. Family and good samaritans came to Chris's aid and helped pull him into the boat where he was given the CPR he needed to make it to the nearest ambulance.

Chris now rests in the hospital with the prognosis of vent dependent quadriplegic. He has been given a limited life expectancy and will need to be at a 24 hour care facility where he can receive life support.

This means he is unable to breathe on his own, move anything from the neck down, or speak. Chris is able to communicate through signals. He is still with us, for that we are thankful. He is continuing his fight.


Chris Schenk is a 29 year old Sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard and served our country for over 11 years. He has been to war twice, once in Iraq (2006) and a second time in Afghanistan (2011). He began his military career in November of 2002 with the Hooligans in the 125th Infantry just after graduating from Allegan High School.

Chris also has a little one on the way and is going to be a father soon. His girlfriend is currently pregnant with a little boy due in November. Please keep them in your prayers as well.

Schenk is a strong man and a survivor. His good nature and smile always puts people in a good mood when they are around him. He has always been quick to help others and deserves to have his many acts of kindness repaid. 

Please continue with prayers and hope for Chris as he begins his journey of recovery.

We believe a faith-based miracle (and immeasurable CPR + trauma care) brought him back from the bottom of a lake sand bar to a beautiful, lively mind and man needing your help!


What They Need & What You Get


We hope to raise enough funds to help Chris and his family with their medical costs including the continued intensive care he will likely need. Family and friends of Chris appreciate any contribution, whether it is monetary or prayer, you are able make.

You receive the satisfaction of knowing you helped a veteran when he needed it most. You are able to give something back to one of the men who risked his life protecting us overseas. You will have the gratitude of all who know Chris.


The Impact

Your contributions will go directly to the family of Chris Schenk via PayPal to assist with medical bills and other expenses related to his care, recovery and future. Every little bit helps to alleviate some of the financial stress for the family and allow all focus to be on Chris and his healing.


Other Ways You Can Help

Please share this campaign with as many as you can (use Indiegogo share tools for Facebook and Twitter, add to your website, e-mail to friends and media outlets). Thoughts and prayers for Chris and his family are greatly appreciated.

Always have hope.


*Below: Links to UpNorthLive 7&4 News, WWMT Channel 3 News, Allegan County News and WZZM 13 News stories about Chris' accident.


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This campaign ended on September 9, 2013
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