We recently introduced you to Chase Cofer, a young man and dialysis patient who does not let his genetic syndrome and kidney failure dampen his joy of life.
Now, Chase’s story will be the subject of a local TV news feature. Marielle Mohs, TV reporter and multimedia journalist at CBS affiliate KMOV-TV in St. Louis, interviewed Chase and his physician, Dr. Megan Cooper, for a segment that will air on local TV Channel 4 on Monday, May 7, 2018, at 6 pm.
“I’ve never met anyone with such an optimistic outlook on life,” says Mohs. “He brought joy and laughter throughout our entire interview, even though we were talking about his disease that causes him so much pain.”
Mohs was with Chase during one of his dialysis treatment at Chromalloy Kidney Center.
“He reminded me that there is something good in everything that life throws at you and to never let anything prevent you from doing what you love. Chase inspired me in so many ways. He’s an interview that made a lasting impression in my career.”
Chase’s story was also highlighted last month, when he was a special guest at this year’s St. Louis Children’s Hospital Gala. The Gala, held in the Khorassan Ballroom at the Chase Park Plaza, was the St. Louis Children’s Hospital annual employee recognition and awards celebration for hospital staff. Chase, along with Dr. Cooper, were part of one of the Gala’s “Mission Moment” segments.
“These are an opportunity for our employees and their guests to meet our patients and hear their stories,” says David Brewer, Senior Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “It helps remind us all of why we do what we do in being Guardians of Childhood. Chase has a long history with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and we were very happy to showcase his story and the wonderful care he has received over the years.”
Local TV broadcaster Art Holliday (NBC affiliate KSDK, Channel 5) introduced Chase and Dr. Cooper at the Gala.
“It was very nice to be interviewed by Art Holliday, he’s a true legend!” says Chase. “We had a lot of fun at the Gala. The food was great and I saw so many of my Children’s Hospital friends. We got to spread awareness … it really doesn’t get better than that.”
Chase posted a video of the Gala on Facebook. Watch it here.