A Wells Fargo Fund has been set up to help the family of Chad Townsend, a longtime OPS educator who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm last month, with medical expenses.
To contribute, call or stop a local Wells Fargo bank and ask to place funds into the Chad D. Townsend Fund, account No. 6430698578. The account was set up by Steve M. Russell, a coworker and family friend, which is another way to help bank tellers locate the correct fund.
Townsend, who works at the Teachers Administration Center for Omaha Public Schools, suffered the brain injury on May 24, OPS officials said Monday, Townsend said he felt faint, and a coworker called 911. Paramedics took him to the Creighton Medical Center for evaluation, officials said, which is when the aneurysm was discovered.
Townsend is currently under the care of Dr. Bill Thorell and his team at UNMC. "Chad has continued to improve and overcome the odds that have been placed in front of him," according to the statment. "The family and medical team remain very optimistic about his recovery."
OPS officials also shared a statement issued by Townsend's family and friends commending Dr. Bill Thorell and the medical teams at Creighton Medical Center and UNMC as they continued to care for him:
"We are extremely grateful for all the love and support Chad and his family have received thus far," the statement says. "However, as we enter into the next phase of recovery, the family could use the community's financial support for medical care as well as provisions for his wife, Megan, and his two young children, Elliana and Jack.
"With the future unknown, it would be very reassuring to Chad to know that his family's needs are being taken care of financially. Thank you for your continued prayers and support for this amazing individual."