In honor of Chad (who was formerly a featured Member of the Month), RHF has renamed our "Member of the Month" as the "Chad Anderson Member of the Month Award" because he demonstrated the values RHF seeks to encourage: community involvement, caring for people and dedication to a healthy lifestyle.The following reflections were shared by RHF trainer Patrick Otieno at Chad's Memorial Service on Saturday, September 26, 2015:
I met Chad, Melinda and Willow several years ago at Rainier Avenue Church, but got to know Chad even better when he joined Rainier Health & Fitness.
Our brother Chad demonstrated a very intentional lifestyle especially recognizing his challenges and adapting to his circumstances. You would see Chad come up on his scooter and think this is someone who needs to be taken care of, but instead Chad would be the one checking up on how each of us trainers were doing for 10-15 minutes before he would exercise.
One time after a conversation with Chad, the trainer helped Chad get on a treadmill for his routine 10-15 minute walk. Those 15 minutes went quickly without the trainer realizing. In a frenzy, the trainer jumped anticipating to be in rescue mode only to be met with a very independent, soft smiling Chad who said ”Don’t worry I am doing great.”
Conversations with Chad weren't limited to trainers only but extended to members who were curious on how to operate the hand bike which was Chad’s favorite machine.
For Chad, the intention of his lifestyle was to develop strength to counter his physical disability. Moreover, he encouraged members of the support group he lead at UW for people with brain injuries and practiced what he taught.
Chad, my friend and brother, we will miss you dearly at RHF and RAC. I know we never got to play the Catan game, but for now as we say in my community, Nid Gi Kwe Osiepa nyak nwarom Kendo Nyasae obed kodi...Journey in peace my friend until we meet again God be with you.