Thank God for a second CHANCE at life

March 7, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated March 6, 2012 at 9:07 p.m.

This is a story of a courageous 21-year-old man from Jackson County with a will to live and a second CHANCE to change many lives.

Chance Bothe was in a horrific car accident Jan. 24 in Ganado. He was on his way home from college. Chance was texting and driving, missed a curve and went off the road and down a ravine. Luckily, his accident was seen by a pedestrian, who yelled for help and three men pulled Chance out of his vehicle. The accident has changed his and his family's life forever.

His prognosis was unknown at that time, but what was known was that he was texting and driving, so from this horrific accident UnSend: A Chance Bothe Foundation was born, to bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving.

The weekend before his accident, Chance's dad, Bobby Bothe, shared with friends that Chance made the comment many times, "I want to make a difference in someone's life." Not only has Chance already affected many lives, he has the ability to affect many more.

The goal and the mission of this foundation is to spread awareness about the dangers of texting and driving, and the Chance Bothe Foundation plans to reach out to the communities to get some control over an issue that is claiming so many young lives. UnSend: A Chance Bothe Foundation and University Hospital have teamed up and will kick off their first speaking event at Madison High School in San Antonio on Friday.

After a few downslides and moving a few mountains, Chance's journey has been all but easy on him and his family and friends. Chance, along with everyone around him, has to take his second CHANCE one day at a time. Every day is a gift from God. When he began to gain consciousness, his mannerisms at that time brought the family back to when he was 5-7 years old. His mother and a team of doctors were in his room when Chance threw up the Horns.

Chance has been a Texas Longhorn fan since he was born, he was raised bleeding orange, he attended football camp at the University of Texas while he was in high school and has attended many games over the years. When he gave this sign, it gave the family hope and comfort knowing that "he" was still here. He might not have remembered his family or friends at that time, but one thing he hasn't forgotten is the Texas Longhorns.

Chance has started to communicate verbally in simple phrases, and he still has his love for music. His family will turn on one of his favorite songs, and the words flow from his mouth without missing a beat; it's such an amazing thing to witness. This young man is recovering at what feels like rapid speed at this point from where he started on this journey although his journey is far from over. He has recently been moved to TIRR for more therapy and rehabilitation.

Chance's sister, Jaime Bothe Rea, has a friend from Austin who came to visit Chance. Eric Bricker is a filmmaker and makes documentaries; he had asked the family if he could do some filming of friends and family over the weekend. He was so blown away by how our community has rallied around the Bothe family, he has decided to continue filming around Jackson County. When Eric asked Chance's Aunt Ernie why she thought this had happened, she answered very matter-of -factly, "Well, it's like Small Town America, it's people caring for people the way it's supposed to be." What a profound statement! Our community is just an extension of our own families, and the Bothe family certainly feels they have been treated as such, especially during this difficult time.

There will be a CHANCE BOTHE BENEFIT, "Thank God for a second Chance," in Ganado at the KJT Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. March 24. There are dinner tickets - $10 each - and dinner/dance tickets for $20 each available to purchase by calling 361-782-8246. The live auction will start at 8:30 p.m., and live music will be provided by The Scott Taylor Band. The benefit will be BYOB. All proceeds will be to defray medical expenses for the Bothe family. You can locate and "like" the "Chance Bothe Benefit" on Facebook for updated information.

Cori Hoskins is a close friend to the Bothe family and lives in Ganado.



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