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Chad Bordwell
Chad Bordwell

Chad's Story

Chad was a 36 year old loving husband and father of 3 young girls.  He was also a son, brother, and friend to many.  He was a driven individual, personally as well as professionally.  He was an avid runner, completing 9 marathons, and a sport enthusiast.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends, always coordinating the next get together. 

Chad began having headaches in early November 2009 just after completing the Chicago marathon (his 9th).  He was diagnosed with an astrocytoma/glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) tumor just after Thanksgiving in 2009.  He faced every challenge in his brief fight head-on.  He was able to make it home from the hospital for a week in December to spend time with his girls, attend their Christmas program, and log some walking miles on the treadmill.  Chad passed away on December 18, 2009. 

During his brief battle with the disease, Chad willingly participated in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Brain Tumor Research Program at Froedtert Memorial Hospital.  He wanted to be able to help others that may be affected by the disease.  At one point he commented, “I just want to figure out a way to beat this thing, if not for me, then for others.” 

Chad is greatly missed by his family and friends, but he continues to serve as an inspiration to all who knew him and those who have learned more about him.  Chad also never failed to tell visitors to be sure to let their loved ones know how much they were loved everyday and to give their kids a hug.