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Chase Elmendorf (Credit: KMOV). Chase Elmendorf (Credit: KMOV).
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Some of the many tabs that were collected and donated in honor of Chase Elmendorf (Credit: KMOV). Some of the many tabs that were collected and donated in honor of Chase Elmendorf (Credit: KMOV).

By: Emily Rau, News 4 This Morning

By: Nora Farrell, KMOV.com

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Most people spend their whole life trying to make an impact, Chase Elmendorf was able to do so in just 19 days.

Shortly after his birth on June 18, 2015, Chase's mother and father, Christine and Jeremy, immediately sensed something was wrong. At 3-days-old Chase began chemotherapy.

For the next few weeks, Chase fought hard, but sadly passed away on July 7. He never came home from the hospital.

Although his life was cut short, Chase’s life has sparked a long, lasting legacy of kindness.

“We spent a lot of time in some deep bouts of grief, but it wasn’t long after he passed away that we made the decision that [it] wasn’t going to be the end of his story,” said Christine.

What began as a Facebook page to spread acts of kindness soon morphed into a vehicle to collect donations for other families in need. Soda tabs, snacks, and other essentials poured in.

In honor of what would have been Chase’s first birthday, the Elmendorf’s gathered all the donations together and took them to the Ronald McDonald House where they filled the entire lobby.

“He had an enormous impact on the two of us and our family and friends and we just wanted to share him with everyone else,” said Jeremy.

Later this year, the Elmendorf’s will have someone else to share Chase with as they are expecting another child.

Although July 7 marks the one year anniversary of Chase’s death, the Elmendorf’s find comforting knowing that through the generosity of others Chase’s memory will last a lifetime.

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