Tragedy claimed a life too young on Friday, October 29, 2010, when Northwest High School sophomore lacrosse player Chase Bunting passed away as the result of injuries sustained in a skateboarding accident. His family and friends had been holding vigil at the hospital since the accident, and friends held a moving candlelight vigil on Thursday evening at his school, but his injuries were simply too extensive to overcome. He is survived by his parents, Jay and Robin, and his older sister, Ashley.
Those of you who knew Chase will remember his energy, his exuberant personality, his winning smile, and his passion and love for the game of lacrosse. Whenever he played, he lifted everyone’s level of play through his hard, fast, and fair play. The Blackhawks often faced Chase as a hard-working, spirited, and most worthy opponent playing for our friendly rivals at Old North State, and we admired the way this fine young man played the game.
We most recently knew Chase from TYLA’s 7 v 7 fall 2010 program, where his personality and play just made it a great time for everyone who played with or against him. What this writer remembers is a young man whose generosity was on display when he offered both support and the use of his own defense stick to a player who had never played before. In an even bigger show of generosity, Chase recently became an organ donor, and he will live on through four grateful donor recipients of his heart, lungs, kidneys, and pancreas. Chase’s was a short life, but a life that inspired us all to be better people.
We will all sorely miss him. A memorial service was held on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Westover Church. Over 1,500 people from throughout the community gathered to honor his memory.
On the evening of November 1, 2010, the Chick Fil A at Guilford College honored Chase’s memory and helped offset the Bunting family’s medical bills by donating to the Bunting family 15% of the proceeds it received during the dinner hours. Hundreds came to dine in Chase’s honor.
The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Viking Vision Inc. for Chase Bunting Memorial Viking Lacrosse Fund, P.O. Box 536, Colfax, NC 27235.
Out of this terrible tragedy, the spirit of generosity that Chase showed so often during his life will be carried on after his passing through a unified Triad area lacrosse program known as “A Stick for Chase.”
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