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Dominic Chavez keeps pushing forward

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Goddard football player Dominic Chavez continues to touch all that he comes into contact with on his road to recovery. Dominic’s father, Robert, updated RDR Sports on his son’s recovery.

Goddard’s Dominic Chavez was selected as Alton’s Power Block Athlete of the Week earlier this year. Dominic is shown here in good spirits and was happy to receive the award. Please continue to support Dominic and the Chavez family as he recovers. (Robert Chavez File Photo)

Robert said that Dom continues to keep pushing forward and getting stronger and more independent every day.

“This week has been a week of changes and adjustments for our family,” Robert said. “My wife, Julie, is back in Roswell for the first time since July 3, and trying to make adjustments going back to work while taking care of our other boys, Gabriel and Maddox.

“I have had to adjust to lots of new schedules,” Robert said. “Therapies and routines with Dom at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado. Dom himself has had to adjust to a change in his support system. They continue to work hard at gaining knowledge and strength, using the resources available to us there.

“We have had meetings about outpatient therapy programs Dom may be eligible for as Oct. 24 approaches,” Robert said. “We’re hopeful we can maximize this opportunity during his recovery. We are starting to plan home modifications in preparation for when Dom can come home — it’s a lot to think about.”

For those who may not know the back story to Dominic Chavez, Dominic was injured during football practice over the summer. Shortly after the injury occurred on July 3, Dominic’s family provided RDR Sports with a statement. It read, in part: “Our son, Dominic Chavez accidentally injured his neck at football practice. Dom broke C5 and there was a displacement of the C5/C6 vertebrae with spinal cord involvement. He has no feeling from his chest to his lower body and was unable to move his legs.

“… We were flown to UNC El Paso, Texas, where they rushed him into emergency surgery to fix the vertebrae and relieve the compression on his spinal cord. The doctors said it went well.”

Dominic’s family has continued to update the community on the progress of his recovery, through the pages of RDR Sports and social media.

“Thank you for the cards, letters, support and care packages. We appreciate you, Roswell and Chaves County. We continue to be grateful for all of the amazing support from the Roswell community.”

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.