Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy New Year! John goes Home!

John has been released from the hospital to continue his rehab at home. This is the best news we've had yet.

Thank you to everyone who has kept John and Karen and the whole family in their thoughts and prayers over the past nine weeks. We couldn't have made it without you.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

He's coming to Seaside!

Cal spoke with John Monday night and here's his report.

JC gets out of St. Vincent's in Beaverton and off dialysis as of TODAY.
Later in the day he'll be transfering to Seaside Providence for a period of rehabilitation- the length of which is unknown. BUT, he'll be a mile away from his home for Christmas.
Yesterday he talked with two of his ICU docs. A Resident at St. Vincent's said when John came in, he was the sickest patient he'd ever treated. The other doctor said JC was most certainly in the top 10% of the most ill he has ever treated. Today , JC comes back , closer to home turf, not bad for a patient that was at one time, "the sickest person in the entire hospital". Let's give JC and his family some privacy over the Holidays and then we'll update Blog readers when we see some light at the end of the tunnel for his Seaside-based rehab.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Medical Update and more...

We have good news. John's kidney's are starting to work again. This means that he may be removed from Dialysis by the first part of next week. Also, the doctors are talking about moving John out of St. Vincents. If they do move him, he'll either go to Providence East Side or come back to Seaside. This could happen as early as Tuesday, the 22nd.

Also, we'd like to wish John and Karen's daughter Erin a safe trip back to Thailand. As you may recall, she was in Thailand on a Rotary exchange when her dad became ill.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Seaside Signal Story

John and Karen gave an interview to the Seaside Signal this week. You can find the story in the Dec. 17-23rd issue.

Monday, December 14, 2009


It's time to get caught up on e-mails that have been sent to chappysteam@yahoo.com

Friday, December 11, 2009


Deb here.. I haven't been on the BLOG much lately, as I've had my own two-week battle with H1N1. Couldn't make it to the big fundraiser tonight, but just got off the phone with Robin and he said it was great. Estimate at this time is 400-500 people attended...don't know about funds raised, etc. yet. I understand that the highlight was a "live feed" to John in his hospital room. The audience could see John and John could see all his supporters! How cool. It is reported that John gave a big "thumbs up" to the crowd. I'm sure there will be more posted on the blog about the fundraiser, but for now you will have to be satisfied with these pictures of TEAM CHAPPY - making preparations for the "big event" a couple of weeks ago. Stay warm and get your flu vaccine(s)! Deb

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dinner and Auction Friday

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Dinner and Auction this Friday Dec. 11. The place will be the Seaside Civic and Convention Center 415 first Ave. at 5:30 pm. For a minimum donation of just $10 you will get a bar-b-que chicken dinner along with all the trimmings. We will also have a silent auction going on during dinner. After dinner at about 7:30 will be the live auction. Some of the items include a $750 pendant, fishing trips, and also week long stays at Worldmark by Wyndham condos, signed books, quilts and much more.

So, mark you calendars and plan on coming to the Seaside Civic and Convention Center on Friday for lots of fun.
See you there!


John was interviewed by both KOIN-TV and FOX KPTV today. They are planing to air on KOIN ch. 6 on the 5pm news and maybe again in the morning. And on FOX ch 12 at 10pm tonight.
Please pass this on.

John has started physical therapy

This week John has started his physical therapy. They have been working on having him sit up and they even had him standing. He is still to weak to take any steps, but this is still a big step to getting him out of the hospital and back home.

Friday, December 4, 2009

He Speaks!

On Friday the doctors took John's trach tube out. This is a giant step forward. With the tube out, he is able to talk a little. And the doctors are thinking about removing his feeding tube this weekend. All this means that JC is moving in the right direction. With him out of the ICU, the nurses are allowing a few visitors. But hospital regulations only allow for two at a time. We want JC back in Seaside as quickly as possible, but he does need lots of rest still. Please keep this in mind.
On a lighter note, Val Perry stopped in to see JC on his way to the games tonight. John was talking so much that Val asked a doctor if they could put the tube back in to shut him up.

Cal is making a trip up to see JC on Saturday. He will be giving us his observations after he returns.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Yesterday JC was moved to a regular hospital room. He is OUT OF THE ICU. He may be off the portable ventilator as well in a few days. We've been through several days of good news in a row. While a long recovery may lie ahead, things look very much better than they did 3 weeks ago or even 1 week ago. JC was in the ICU over 5 weeks. As he is now in a regular room, visitation may be far more practical. At Team Chappy we will wait to see the family's wishes in this regard and ask for your patience as well.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

JC "TALKS" on the phone

As of Saturday Night.
Cal "talked" with John tonight. John conveyed to Karen he wanted to call me. I told him that I loved him and if he repeated that I'd have to kill him. Via Karen he waved bye bye.
Neil also visited Saturday night. He knows JC is very concerned about the direct and fallout costs of this illness and the effect on his family. This makes what we do and achieve at Team Chappy, especially on the Dec. 11th fundraiser, all the more important. JC has a lot of us working on those issues and concerns right now. I pray there might be some light at the end of the tunnel there as well.
We are preparing a CD to play for John with some of his show, some classic spots he did with Neil, and some personal messages from many of us in Seaside. I'd like to assemble Team Chappy to record this after our Monday Fundraiser meeting.
Cal suggested if John is unable to talk, one way to show him what's been going on for the last 5 weeks or so is to hand him a laptop and let him look at the BLOG, it is after all a quasi-documentary of what happened to JC. Neil and Karen are considering this.
JC is still in the ICU, on a small portable respirator that he is controlling with his own breathing, not the other way around. The ICU is still a lousy place for visitors but Neil feels JC will be going into a regular hospital room soon.Will keep Blog readers advised.
I think it accurate to say the nurses and doctors are astounded at JC's progress with this nasty bit of business. Will he be home in time for Christmas ? Don't know the answer to that. He WILL be alive and on the way to recovery and that's a long way from where this was headed weeks ago.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday? Not for us!

They have changed John’s ventilator to a smaller one and have reduced the pressure to zero and he currently has NO O2 assist. His blood oxygen level is 97%. All this is good news to the point that the doctors are talking about moving him out of the ICU. He still has a chest tube in and can’t talk, but is aware of his surroundings.
This is the best news that we've had in over four weeks.

We at Team Chappy know that many of you would like to go visit him, but he is still in the ICU. We will let everyone know just as soon as the doctors and Karen say that John is strong enough to receive visitors. We at Team Chappy also want to go visit, but we have to wait along with you. So, please hang in there with us.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Who needs turkey for a great Thanksgiving

There are plans over the next couple of days to remove John's chest tube , from the deflated lung issue. He is awake much of the time, no longer in medically induced coma..
He is in considerable pain and on a pain killer many times stronger than Morphine. He can see and recognise his surroundings. He can communicate with hand and eye gestures.

If his peep stays at 5 or less (it's been as low and 4) and his O2 assist stays below 40 ( it has been raised periodically above this), he may also soon be on room O2 and the trac tube and ventilator gone as well. Doctors are waiting and hoping for John's kidney functions to return as well.

In the mean time, he's in an ICU. While every one's sentiments and the new developments are very encouraging, the ICU is not a good place to receive well-wishers. That, unless we at Team Chappy hear otherwise from the family, should wait till John is moved to a regular hospital room and/or discharged. John has been battling a life threatening illness and in a deep sleep for over 3 weeks to awaken to some frightening circumstances. Please, time is one of the biggest healers here..Let's give John and his family all the time they need. At Team Chappy, we are of the optimistic opinion that as Thanksgiving arrives, John may well be on the mend. Right now that beats a turkey dinner any day.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Big step forward!

John's peep (ventalator presure) is now at 5 and the oxygen assist level is 40%. Under normal situations this would mean that he would be taken off the ventalator. However, with the ARDS, they are keeping him on it just a little longer. He is completely offf the heavy sedation but he is on pain killers. The sedation medicine that he was on was DIPRIVAN which is the same medicine that Michael Jackson was using. Things are moving in the right direction.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

This weeks e-mails

Here are some more e-mails from John's friends and well wishers sent to chappysteam@yahoo.com

Friday, November 20, 2009

Slowly waking up.

John is slowly being taken off the heavy medically induced coma.
Hopefully, soon, he'll be awake and able to respond and converse.
He has come out of the the medically induced coma from time time to time recently, to interact with us. Hang in there and pray for a short recovery period.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tiny Steps

John's right lung collapsed on Monday, but they were able to put a tube in to re inflate it and get him stabilized.

In the last couple of days, he has made some tiny steps for the good...but this is going to be a slow process.

As any of us would tend to do when someone we love is in John's condition, Karen's natural, loving response is to want to hold John's hand. But the doctors had asked her not to do this today as it takes...I guess you would say "John's spirit" and his attention away from his core and trying to heal that area and pulls it towards his hand and Karen. How helpless she must feel and yet she is a trooper and seems to be holding up very well considering all she is trying to do to keep things as normal as possible for the kids. John really picked a good one, eh?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Maybe 2 steps forward this time.

Yesterday, John got a tracheotmy, the ventilator is no longer down his mouth so the doctors can begin taking him out of the medically induced coma, this can take 6-8 days (for him to completely be free of the effects of the heavy sedation). They hope that several of his organ functions will start returning once the sedation wears off. John at times seems aware of his surrroundings. He kissed his wife.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

To everyone that loves John,

To everyone that loves John,
We started this blog to help everyone keep up to date with changes in John’s condition. We (Neil, Cal, Robin, and Deb) have tried to responsibly give these updates while protecting the children from the real possibility that John could succumb to his illness. This blog has kind of a life of its own, and if we don’t feed it with information daily then it seems to spawn rumors, bad and good, regarding John’s condition.
Saturday night was no exception. I received a call from Nancy McKeown, with a panicked voice she told me she had heard terrible news from a customer about John’s condition. I had talked to Karen Chapman not 2 hours prior and she had told me that she would call with any changes and that John was pretty stable. I thought, how could anyone know anything before me, but I got right on the phone with Karen to confirm that he was still battling. Talk about stressful.
Then I talk to a lot of people that think that John is going to walk through the door at any minute with his smile and, of course, something he thinks is witty to say. Let me tell you folks, John is seriously ill if and when he gets out of the hospital he will have an extremely difficult recovery. It may take months, even years for him to regain his strength and his abilities. This illness is scary!
Well, I (Neil) am here to tell you whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The H1N1 or Swine flu virus caused John to have a complete respiratory collapse which in turn caused other serious organ shutdowns and worries. As we have talked about previously, this syndrome is called ACRS (http://www.ards.org/learnaboutards/whatisards/brochure/) and this is what John is fighting for his life against at this point. Feel free to click on this link to read the brochure that explains the syndrome, the treatments, and recovery aspects.
John has been on the respirator now for three weeks, this is what has been keeping him alive. His lungs can recover, but remain with signs of cloudiness due to liquid and swelling of the pneumonia.
The problem with the respirator is that the peep (the pressure that keeps the lungs inflated) can also cause damage and scarring to the lungs. We have updated the blog in the past showing that this number, the peep, has been decreased from 19 to 10, which is good, however, the percentage of oxygen being used to maintain the level of oxygen saturation in his blood has been increased and decreased on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. The nurses and doctors try to keep the 02 saturation in John’s blood well in the 90’s and this is many times easier said than done.
John’s kidney’s shut down early on and he has been on dialysis almost continually since he was admitted. The kidney’s can recover and until John is further into his recovery the doctors don’t act like this is a big worry. At least this is probably the least of their worries with John at this time.
The latest worry that the doctors have is John’s inability to assimilate foods. They have tried with no success to feed John through a stomach tube. The worry with this is that maybe his stomach, or gut as the doctor says, has shut down like his kidneys leading to still more problems.
So, as of today, Sunday Nov. 15, John is still in dire circumstances. The course of action that has been on the drawing board for the last couple of days is to stabilize John enough to give him a tracheaoscopy in which they will place the breathing tube in his trachea rather than down his throat. Karen believes that he is stable enough and barring any drastic changes the tracheaoscopy will be done today. When they are able to complete this they will be able to remove him from the sedation that he has been on for the last three weeks. Once removed from sedation the doctors hope he may regain some of the function in his gut and kidneys.
Once again, I want to express that John is in very serious condition. He is not “out of the woods” by any stretch of the imagination. We need to give John all of our prayers and keep giving him prayers. He is not giving up, so let us not give up!
Please, please don’t believe or pass on any rumors that you may hear. We will do a better job of keeping everyone updated on this blog. I really believe that now John needs us all to be positive and say our prayers and believe in him. This is crunch time! Thanks

Neil Dundas
Team Chappy

Saturday, November 14, 2009

No Change today

A quiet day today with no change reported. Let pray for a good day tomorrow.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Two steps forward, one step backwards

Today seems to be one of those backward steps. John had a couple of really good days and today is one of those small steps backwards. Let’s keep the prayers coming for a better day tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

John is stable...

As of Wednesday morning, John's condition is stable. The pressure on his ventilator is at 10. When they get it down to 5, then he's off that machine. The doctors have said that he currently has ARDS. Getting off the ventilator will help in his recovery.

On a positive note, the doctors have brought John out of his medically induced coma a couple of times. During the times he’s been “awake” he’s been able to answer questions with a thumbs up or down, and has been aware of his surroundings including knowing that his wife Karen is in the room.

Please keep your prayers for John and his family coming.


Thanks to all the caring hearts, willing hands and open wallets & check books of The Chapman's community family- last Fri.'s Spaghetti Feed raised over $8,000 for the Chapman Family Donations Fund at Sterling Savings.

I can not count the number of times I heard and read, "anything you need" and "how an I help" last week as we prepared for the event.

The list of who worked and gave is very, very long... as long as the line was for food at times: we severed over 550 people and more than 50 volunteered! Again a big "THANK YOU" to everyone!! The "Get Well" banner has been delivered...

A dinner/auction is being planned for Dec. 11th at the Seaside Civic & Convention Center; times, menu, tickets and more details TBA. If you would like to volunteer or have items for either the live or silent auction please email me (kaimscircus@charter.net) with the following info:


Phone #

how you'd like to help or items/services you can donate

Again- many thanks !

Laura Kaim, "Chappy's Team" Event Coordinator

From "chappysteam@yahoo.com"

Here's more love sent to John, Karen and family. (see comments below)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bank donation account expanded

The CHAPMAN FAMILY DONATION ACCOUNT is now able to accept donations at any branch of STERLING SAVINGS BANK in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Also, their sister bank, SONOMA BANK in Northern California can also except donations. To make a donation at the branch, just say you want the money do be deposited in the CHAPMAN FAMILY DONATION ACCOUNT. If you don't have a branch near you, you can mail a check to the Seaside branch. Make checks payable to CHAPMAN FAMILY DONATION ACCOUNT, c/o STERLING SAVINGS BANK P.O.BOX 33 SEASIDE, OR 97138

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Here's a Chappy Medical update

We've gone through three days where not only did John's condition not get worse but to where we've seen some movement in the right direction. John's eyes are open some times, he seems to have some situational awareness even though he remains on a heavy sedative(; i.e.: appearing very concerned if he coughs ( we'd all probably feel that way if we had a ventilator on us and started to cough). The pressure on John's ventilator was 16 yesterday and down to 12 today, at 5 , he's off the ventilator and that would make the rest of his recovery so much easier. John's wife, Karen, is encouraged today.

Please keep the prayers coming. I know it's working. And thanks for your support at the Spaghetti feed on Friday.

Team Chappy

Saturday, November 7, 2009

More E-mails to John

To conserve space on this blog, we are going to posts the e-mails to John in the comments section. Please keep the e-mails coming to chappysteam@yahoo.com.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Medical Update

The doctors "tweaked" John's meds a little and he seems to be responding to that. They have also reduced his Oxygen level down to 50%. All in all, these are positive signs.


Tonight (Nov. 6) Spaghetti Feed 5-7pm Broadway Middle School Cafeteria
$5 plate, serving spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, dessert and beverage
Raffle/Door Prize Tickets $1 each or 6/$5 MANY GREAT PRIZES!!!
Drawings will begin at 5:15 and continue every 10 minutes- need not be present to claim prize.
Come sign the “Get Well Chappy” banner-
Thank you again to all who have written or called with offers of support and donations!
I’m 99% sure that we have everything we need to make this a success and help the Chapman Family…
All we now is for ALL OF YOU TO PLEASE JOIN US!
Laura Kaim
Event Chairperson

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Spaghetti feed update

Greeting friends of Chappy! Here’s an update on the Spaghetti Feed Fri.-
Plates, napkins and forks have been donated –THANK YOU!
New needs list:
Raffle Prizes- need 7 gift certificates/items
Feel free to call me at 503.739.0824 if you can help!

Laura Kaim

An open letter to the Rugby community

Chappy needs your help!!!

Many of you know of John Chapman's serious battle with the H1N1, swine flu virus. Tomorrow will mark 1 week that he has been in intensive care with a ventilator down his throat and in an induced coma.
It is time for the Rugby community to step up and help one of our own
John and his family are now and will continue in the future to face a serious financial burden related to this disease.
There is a fund set up and the local Seaside Sterling bank for John. It is not at any of the other Sterling banks.
YOU, can contribute to this fund by sending a check made out to the John Chapman family to his radio station. The address is:
P.O. Box 354
Seaside, OR 97138
I am sending a check for $100 today and I challenge every coach, referee, rugby administrator, and rugby player to match or exceed my donation. If you can not match it then I can guarantee you that any amount will be appreciated.
There but by the Grace of God go you or me. Lets show John and his family how much we care and how much he is appreciated.

Mark Webber
Oregon State University RFC

2 steps forward, 1 step back

John is pretty much holding his own at this point. Yesterday John was taken off of dialysis but by the end of the night he was back on it. He is still in ICU and not out of the woods yet. But with everyday gone by, we are ever hopeful. The research Cal has done seems to tell us that the 2 week/ 14th day of hospitalization marker is a crtical point in a patient's battle against this nasty H1N1 bug.
John is now approaching that point. A few extra prayers would be appreciated. We know those ARE working.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Spaghetti Feed Help

Greetings team and friends of Chappy!

Jason Boyd has asked that I be the point person or “chair” for the Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser being held at Broadway Middle School from 5-7pm before the Clatsop Clash!

We’ve received many offers of help and I’m waiting to hear back from a few organizations with their names and numbers of volunteers. Please feel free to send me an email at kaimscircus@charter.net or call my cell at 503.739.0824 if you’d like to help. When all the volunteer spots are filled, I will continue to keep names on a list as a second event (in the next few months) is a possibly.

At this time we are in need of Styrofoam plates, forks, napkins, beverages (maybe cups too) and dessert. Cooks are preparing for 400.

Big “Thank you” to all those who have already called… this is an amazing and generous community!

Laura Kaim

John's new bed

John seems to be progressing along nicely. The hospital has moved John from the "special" hospital bed to a regular hospital bed. This is because he's able to breath on his back. Also, the doctor's have started to slowly bring him out of the deep sedation that they've had him in. His eyes have now started to "flutter" a little. This is good. He still doesn't recognize Karen or anyone, but isn't in such a deep sleep. Another good sign is that John is starting to cough.

Something that might have helped in John's treatment is that there's another patient with virtually the same thing as John, but has been in the hospital about a week longer. With having another patient to guide them, the doctors are able to treat John better and to know how he should be responding to the medicine. We look at these changes as positive steps in the right direction.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Note from Cal Brady

Received an email from Paul Mitchel at New Northwest Broadcasters saying he'd heard about John and wants to help in any way he could. As John and Cal have had a, to say the least, vigorous on-going competition for ad dollars with NNB, this is especially touching and heartfelt for me. Just another reminder of what a great community we live in here when we all pull together.

Do you have an idea to help the Chapman family??

This Friday Nov.6, CHAPPYS TEAM will be having a brainstorming meeting to come up with ideas to help out the Chapman family. If you have an idea and would like to let us know about it, come to the meeting this Friday. It will be at 12 noon to 1pm at the Sunset Empire Park & Rec. Youth Center on Broadway. If you can't make the meeting, we still want to hear your ideas, so please send them to anyone on Chappys Team.

John continues to improve

As of Monday evening John continues to spend more time on his back which represents an improvement in his breathing ability and also takes us closer to John leaving his 1/2 million dollar bed.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Spaghetti Feed Set For Friday

Jason Boyd, Athletic Director at Seaside High School has planned a spaghetti feed to benefit the Chapman family. It will be at Broadway School on Friday Nov. 6 from 5 to 7 pm, just before the Clatsop Clash. Cost is $5 and all net proceeds will go to the Chapman Family Fund.

If you'd like to help out, contact Jason Boyd at SHS 503-738-5586 or by e-mail jboyd@seaside.k12.or.us He's looking for servers, cooks, help setting up before and cleaning up afterwards.

The e-mails just keep coming! (chappysteam@yahoo.com

***Hi John and Karen,

We just want you to know that we are praying for all of you.

John...you and Bridget have a haircut date at the next Relay for Life, don't forget!

Karen, if there is anything at all I can do for you please let me know. I'm not a great cook but I can clean and do laundry like nobody else!!

Graham & Sarah Harwood

***Chappie – You are now officially a member of the P.D.O.G.s (Pedantic, Degenerate Old Guys) . If your butt is in that bed too long you are liable to get hemorrhoids and thus not eligible to wear white shorts. So get your ass out of there!



***Dear John
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know you will get out of that --------- bed and get back to giving us all a hard time.
We miss that a lot. Your family is the best . We will be going to the Clatsop Clash in your Honor. So Seaside had better win!!!!!!!
We are praying for you all. God bless you.
Tom and Kathy Grimm

Don’t listen to Tobin..., he already has all my pain-killers - you know – the ones you put in the other end...
Remember, if you don’t wanna get up, and the morning nurse holds a flame to your feet – this is an quick and semi-painless way to get rid of that nagging athlete’s foot! Don’t miss out on these opportunities pal...
As for weight-loss, I’m excited for you – and remember – there’s always room for jello (or tapioca)
Yer pal,


Hopefully when you read this you are well on your way to getting out and coming home. Everyone at the PD is thinking about you and sending good positive thoughts. I think some of them even miss hearing your morning show, but they won’t admit it. My daughter Anne (you met her and her kids at the Beach Run) also wanted you to know they are thing about you as well.

We are all pulling for you so keep up the good fight and we will see you soon.


Robert Gross
Chief of Police
Seaside Police Department

***Hey Chappy!
This is Grey and Tamara in Portland, and we're so sorry to hear about your situation.
I've just read through all the updates, and your progress is really encouraging. It is not surprising to me at all that you have so many people in your life who wish you well and want to help you get better.
We are supporting you in our thoughts and seeing you all better.
Grey and Tam

***Hi John

On my office wall there's a picture of the referees (all blind) at the GG
Tournament circa 1994. Wishing you a steady, and complete return to health,
so that you appear in many more such photos. Our thoughts are truly with



Looking forward to seeing you get through this. When you do, you got to stop living such a clean upstanding life and start having fun to the extreme. Maybe play a few games as well as refereeing. Regardless, get yourself well. We need you out there to keep the rest of us in line.


***Sending prayers and best wishes from the Portland Rugby Club—just found out about Chappy’s poor health and we will reach out to the greater rugby community to rally collective karma! He is a fine rugby colleague and we all hope for a speedy recovery! Coach Cleve Larson and all the PRC players thinking of you---get well soon!

***Dear John,

Dan and I know that you are going to get through this with all of the support and good karma that is coming your way. All your years of playing rugby is going to pay off. John, remember the rugby movie, "Forever strong"? That's you John, FOREVER STRONG!!

We are going to check in often to get good progress updates. We miss hearing you on the radio!

Shelley (coach) & Dan Morgado

***John, Karen and family....

I have been saying prayers and sending lots of positive healing energy since I got the phone call about you...I don't have the ability to do "Elvis" or tell your corny jokes and make anyone laugh as you did during my own health issues but I can pray and I have been doing just that.

You are all in my thoughts...Karen I watched Jimmy through my own stuff and I know how hard it is on the caregiver...especially when you love someone something fierce. You may be the quiet side to John but I know you are his biggest supporter in all he does and what makes him give so much of himself to others. Be sure to take care of you Karen, I know John is being taken care of but it is a really difficult place to be on the other side of the bed so to speak sitting and waiting hour after hour. Know that you are also in my prayers and thoughts.

My heart goes out to you all...I do know that you are a very passionate family with a lot of love and giving spirit, may some of that come back to you now as John gets stronger each day on his way to healing completely and back to his crazy self.

God's blessing to you all, always in all ways.

Love from the O'Briens
Piper and clan

***Hi John and Karen and the entire Chapman Family,
We are so sorry to hear of John's illness, and we have everyone we know praying for his recovery!
John, don't push it, you know it takes so much longer to recover when we are old!!! LOL!
We are happy to help out with anything you might need, be it, food, prayers, fund raising, or printing. We are happy to donate any printing jobs that may be required. Just give us a call and let us know.
Jared and Chantal send their thoughts and prayers too! They said next time they are in town, they will drop by and see you.
Please call with anything we can help out with.
God bless and Keep you. I'm saying a special Novena to St. Jude.
Roy and Sheila Bennett

***Ali and I (wedgy) just want you to recover completly. I'll bet you have nurse that wakes you up in the middle of the night, I wouldn't be supprised if her first name wasn't Clarice. Hope to see you soon.
Ali and Wedgy Winchester

***Hey Chappy, thinking of you and hoping you are back to your old self in no time. Matt Burke, Bend Rugby Women and Girls.


I've known John well since 1990 when we played together for ORSU. Please convey my best wishes to John and his family for his full and speedy recovery. I live in Portland. If there's anything I can do for him or the family, please let me know.

We'll continue to think good thoughts.

All the best,
Jon Greenlee

***Chapman, I expect you to be fully healed and reffing youth games this spring, we simply don't have enough refs with the right attitude to lose one. I command you to get better. Cheers, Rick Ravsten

HEALING Rosary for John

Morning, to keep you informed there will be another HEALING Rosary for John this coming Wednesday night at 6PM at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. This is open to all who would like to attend.

In Service to GOD and Country,

Lou Neubecker

Sunday, November 1, 2009

13 emails sent today! (chappysteam@yahoo.com)

***Dearest one, Get outta bed you Oscar... I don’t care how comfy it is... This is your only chance to wet-the-bed, and have an excuse! Don’t pass this up... We’ll both eat copious amounts of bacon upon your recovery... Yer pal,
Chalice blower

***HI John, This is Vicki Mills in Portland (Miss Three Rivers) I was at your house years ago with Judy.
I want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers. You will come out of this just fine I know you will...keep your great laugh and smile. God Bless, Vicki
john, first, get up. we need you. second, if you can't make your match next weekend i'll drive down, just need you to cover the gas. third, i am donating my match fee but it is not for you, it is for karen to go to a spa once you are up and about because she will need it after putting up with you as you recover. fourth, don't worry about the kidneys. mine failed years ago and i'm just fine. fifth, don't get any ideas of pure oxygen on the sideline of your next match. not going to happen, you are going to have to train. sixth, if you get any painkillers can i have them? love,

***Hey John! Just a quick note to let you know you have been in our thoughts and prayers, and will continue to be until you are safely home. We love you! Debbie and Bill and the whole Sherman Family

***GET WELL PINK TOE NAILS Hi John, Hello and a BIG get well wish from the Bletschers! Our family is praying for you. Our small group at church is praying for you. And, our e-prayer chain is praying for you. So............... no chance but to get better. Glad to hear you're making some progress. Keep fighting. The varsity boys are very concerned and worried about you. Thank you for all your time with our boys over the years. Love and prayers, Jon, Lori, Ashley, Joel, Jennifer & Bren

***To our dear friend John, We are on the side lines cheering for you John! We know that you are a fighter and a winner and you will not let anything stand in your way. I know that your guardian angels are surrounding you and keeping you comfortable. All our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you and your family and we love you, John. Paul Tice, Kim Christianson, and Ben
Karen and Family,

***We are praying everyday and thinking of you constantly. Your strong faith and belief in GOD and his powers will heal John. And his stubborn Englishman roots can't but help. He will beat this and you all will be stronger for the better. Honestly, anything, favors you need done here, call me and I will take care of it. We love you and will keep the faith and prayers coming. Oh the Beavs won, beating UCLA! Kathy and the clan (Barnes William)

***John: I was devastated to hear of your peril. There are now many in the refereeing community here in Northern California who know of your plight. Those like me who pray are asking for grace, recovery for you, comfort for your family and hope for us all. Others will think good thoughts! I showed my wife pictures of you and that started the fond memories rolling. I hope to see you on a pitch again (a terrestrial pitch). Hang in there and God bless you. - Bruce Carter

***To our friend John, We are all praying for you. Augi even prayed for Mama Karen's "big daddy" as he calls you in his prayers. You have a lot to live for and have worked so hard to get what you do have... don't give up...Everyone is loving you and thinking about you and your family! Besides you still have a lot of bull left in you to dish out...and we all are waiting for you to get better so we an hear it! You have been an amazing inspiration in this community giving your time, energy, and creative brilliance to bringing art & culture to our community through your work with music. Thank you for being who you are and for persevering...now keep on.... We love you... The Manhires Zoe, Marshall, & Augi

***The Barker Family (Pat/Erin/Allison) has sent you a link to a blog: We are so relieved and grateful to read about the improvements made. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily. Karen, I'd like to make a nice home-made beef stew for you and the kids to take a dinner chore off your hands. Let me know when would be a good day to bring over.

***Dear John and Karen, You're going to be okay. We just know it. We can't say when...or how...or what's going to make it better. We know because we know you and we know how strong you are, how beautiful in soul, how perservering in spirit and how much you are needed in our lives. We know the you that has come through difficult times in the past, the you who will be your strong, shinning self in some not too distant future. You're going to be okay...We miss you and we wish you a speedy recovery. God bless you. We’re thinking of you. With Love,The Garhofers

***John, We have been in continual prayer for you and your family as you go through this life situation. Our church, North Coast Family Fellowship, has also been uplifting you and yours in prayer daily. We trust the Lords hand is upon you. That the Dr.'s will have super natural wisdom. That you will gain your strength, and health back miraculously. We also trust that your faith in Christ and his hand upon your life will be strengthened, as he brings you through this. Take special care. Our warmest regards, Rick and Tracielynn Raterman

Thoughts from friend and colleague - Cal Brady

I think what everyone is working on here is twofold:

(1).John has to get weaned off the ventilator,awake, weaned off the dialysis, weaned off the pain killers and he has to get literally on his feet again.Every day takes us closer and not further from those goals. As Karen said the prayers are working. So please keep them coming. And, that's from a Unitarian who is thinking of converting when this is over.
(2). We all have to pull together to help John's family get figuratively back on their feet. We at the Chappy Team are getting many generous offers of support and ideas in this regard. We are not ignoring your kind intentions, keep those coming too. Please give us time to sort this out and do the best things for John's family as well.

Cal Brady
owner 9-4-9 FM and John's partner on KSWB am 840

More helpers

*** Had a call from a Ron Myers. He’s with the referee society. He lives in Lake Oswego. And he works in the hospital system. Has an office there.I just talked with him and he said to have Karen call him 24/7 if she needs anything. It’s good to have someone in the hospital system that can help.

***Please let us know how we can help with fundraisers. Scott and I will do any grunt work you can think of. We would be happy to help plan, or just sweep floors. Can you put fundraiser contact info on the blog? Scott and Shannon Symonds

Well wishers and offers to help

Karen asked "Chappy's Team" to share all of your offers to help on the blog. Here they are:

OCT 30
***From Robin: Hi Deb, Had a call from a Ron Myers. He’s with the referee society. He lives in Lake Oswego. And he works in the hospital system. Has an office there. His cel number is 503-753-2351 I just talked with him and he said to have Karen call him 24/7 if she needs anything. It’s good to have someone in the hospital system that can help.

***Hey Deb, My husband plays in a great jazz band in Manzanita called Shy Jazz and my friend Bridigdo is in a reggae band called Ma Barley. Would you be interested in maybe a free performance or something for your auction or auctioning off a performance? I’d be more than happy to ask. Let me know. Jessica Raphael Community Relations Director Suzanne Elise Assisted Living 503-738-0307

***Chappy's Team, My wife, my kids and I would like to offer our time and talents (whatever those might be) to assist in the cause. Keep us in mind as you are planning the next steps. Thanks! The Gooch Family Darren Gooch Darrengooch@gmail.com]

***Bob Moberg has offered his legal service for Karen...if she needs anything.

***A rosary for john is being planned...Laura from the chamber will get details out.

***Albert and Alice Wood have a small condo unit located near Hall Blvd and Scholl's Ferry Road in Tigard. It is a few minutes from St. Vincent Hospital. Hope this can help the Chapmans. Alice

***Patti Atkins, PR director of Seaside Providence Hospital, wants to offer any help she can. PATTI ATKINS – 717-7505 patti.atkins@providence.org

***Sterling Saving Bank has set up a fund – CHAPMAN FAMILY FUND.

***I spoke with Cathie Cates at the Natural Nook. She has taken several orders for flowers for John. She knows they can’t be delivered to the hospital, so she is “holding” the orders. We discussed creative ways to collect funds, put most of the money in the CHAPMAN FAMILY FUND and then send ONE magnificent bouquet from all who donated when John is able to receive flowers. Cathie is fine with doing that…and wants the money to go to the family…so no worries there. She and I will work out the details and let you know tomorrow or early next week. Deb

***Rotary Club of Seaside will make an announcement at the end of our auction,about the blog and the CHAPMAN FAMILY FUND.

John holding his own.

There wasn't much change in John's condition today...but there is a bit of positive news. John spent 24 hours laying on his back. Weaning from the "special suspention bed" is good news!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

John's medical condition - HALLOWEEN

John is improving. Though his condition is still very serious, we have some significant medical milestones to be thankful for.
* When John arrived at St. Vincent's he was being given 100% oxygen through the ventilator and his blood oxygen level was only in the 60's - which is not good. Now, he is on only 50% oxygen through the ventilator, the pressure of forced air is lower and John's blood oxygen level is in the mid-90's - which is very good.
* John is still on dialysis...primarally to take the work-load off his kidneys and allow them to recover from having to work so hard in the past. (Kidneys are usually able to rejuvinate themselves fairly well, so we are praying for that to be the case with John.)
* John was actually on his back for 14 hours yesterday. This is a great sign that John is improving. (Being on his back makes it more difficult for him to breathe. The fact that he did well on his back for an extended time...and continues to be weaned to lower levels of life support...is very encouraging.)


Any messages, offers for help, etc. can be sent directly to this email address:

All emailed messages will be posted to this blog...and will be collected so John can read them when he is well.

No specific plans have been made for events, fundraisers, etc...but we encourage you to send us your ideas, suggestions and offers for help. Soon we can take a look at what we have to work with and make some plans.

A message from Karen Chapman

Karen wishes to thank all of you for your kind thoughts, prayers and offers to help. At her request, Chappy's Team is going develop a special email address that you can send messages to John, offers to help, etc. Karen said "I think it's important to let those who know and love John to have a place where they can comment and share their thoughts. I know John will enjoy reading all of the messages when he's better." At Karen's request, the Team will begin to post communications from the public on this blog. Stay tuned for the email address...and more info.

Keep John and his family in your prayers -- they are working. John is improving...

Close friend visits John

Close family friend, Neal Dundas, was able to visit John yesterday. John is still sedated, and in an isolation unit...so they were not able to talk. However Neal was able to see the "state of the art" bed that John has been in for several days. The special bed allows John to lay on his stomach, suspended by an oscillating apparatus which helps John to breathe. Neal said "It's hard to see John like this...because the John we know is so full of life and energy. But he is making small improvements and we're looking forward to seeing John full of energy again."

Friday, October 30, 2009

John is ready for Halloween

You won't be surprised to know that John has made a "splash" with the medical staff at St. Vincent's. After holding her tongue for several days...a nurse final mustered enough nerve to ask Karen why John's toenails were painted pink. Karen explained that during John's recent birthday celebration, his daughters were painting their toenails...and John decided to join in the fun. The girls did a nice job on John's toes...and now the St. Vincent's staff are getting a chuckle over it. When one nurse said to Karen..."Boy, he's going to be very embarrassed when he wakes up and finds his toenails pink." Karen replied..."You don't know John very well."

Reports of John's hair looking "scary" -- along with the pink toenails -- tells us John is ready for Halloween!


As of 10:00am -- John is stable - with no significant change in his condition. Rumors have been spreading about a "heart problem." This is not true. Here are the facts:
  • John's heart rate slowed down a bit last night. Karen was informed and went to the hospital.
  • It was NOT a major problem...and John's heart rate normalized with a dose of medication.
  • John is receiving lots of fluids with his IV antibiotics. The fluids have made John a bit "puffy" and can create a few issues along the way. However, these episodes are generally not serious and are resolved with minor medication adjustments.

EDITORS NOTE: We know that there were reports this morning at the Chamber breakfast, based upon a family member's FaceBook entries, that greatly exaggerated the facts about John's episode last night. PLEASE keep in mind that the family's personal FaceBook, emails, diaries, etc are just that ...personal. They reflect "real time" emotions and are often shared before the full facts are known. Let's honor the wishes of the Chapman Family by minimizing speculation and the spread of inaccurate and negative rumors. We want to create positive energy full of hope and expectations for a full recovery for John.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

1.Calls offering support are pouring in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2. Why this BLOG?

The Seaside community is supporting John and his family with many prayers and offers of support. Ideas for fundraisers are being tossed around. In addition, "CHAPPY'S TEAM" has received offers today for lodging, professional services, additional cell phones for the family, how to handle floral arrangements and more. If you have any suggestions or offers of support, please contact one of "CHAPPY'S TEAM."


It's important that we all respect the privacy and wishes of the Chapman family at this time. Karen and the children have a lot to deal with now, and clarifying facts and dispelling misinformation and rumors is an unpleasant drain on the family. That's why we created this blog...to keep all who know and love John informed, while lightening the burden of communication from the family. To that end, the following has been done:
  • Development of this blog
  • Seaside School Superintendent, Doug Dougherty, has notified the schools about this blog
  • The Seaside Chamber of Commerce has emailed it's membership about this blog.
  • The Rotary Club of Seaside has emailed it's membership about this blog.

Daughter Erin returns from Thailand Student Exchange

Erin has been in Thailand on a Rotary Youth Exchange. She returned to Oregon this morning to be with her family. We are happy that she is home, safe and sound, and with her family to give and receive support.

Donations for Chappy & Family - HOW YOU CAN HELP!

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, we encourage you to make a donation at the Seaside branch of Sterling Savings Bank. Make checks payable to CHAPMAN FAMILY FUND. Checks may be mailed to STERLING SAVINGS BANK, 761 Ave. "G" , Seaside, OR 97138 Current financial needs include lodging for family members staying near the hospital in Portland, meals, etc. In addition, continued medical expenses will be overwhelming.

A fundraiser is being planned...details will be shared on this blog as they develop.

If you would like to make a NON-cash donation of goods or services towards our fundraiser...please contact one of us.


Robin Knoll (9-4-9 fm Office Manager) - 503-440-1590 (kswb@kvhenterprises.com)
Deb Treusdell (Seaside Rotary) - 503-739-2030 (deb@oepo.biz)
Neal Dundas (Family Representative - Dundee's Owner)- 503-717-3010
Cal Brady (9-4-9 fm Owner) - 503-738-8668

John is at St. Vincent's

John is currently in an isolation ward at Providence St. Vincent's Hospital PLEASE DO NOT SEND FLOWERS. John is unable to receive anything in his room. If you wish to send a card - Address it to John Chapman, c/o Providence St. Vincent's Hospital, 9205 SW Barnes Rd., Portland, OR 97225 ROOM 112.

John Chapman develops serious illness



A little over a week ago John contracted the H1N1 virus also known as the swine flu. It progressed to pneumonia and from there to a serious life-threatening situation. John was admitted to Providence Seaside Hospital and then to their ICU. He was placed on a ventilator to help his breathing. A day after being placed in the ICU, the doctors transferred John by ambulance to a hospital in the Portland area -- which has extensive facilities for dealing with this type of complication. He's in their ICU right now.

It has been touch and go but as of right now, John appears to be getting better in small but significant ways.

There are some rumors about his condition and we want you to know, for example, he is NOT in a coma. He is under heavy sedation because of the effects of the ventilator but can be brought out of that at any time. Karen Chapman, and family, appreciate the concerns expressed by many of you. She asks that you pray for John, and visit this blog for any updates. ANY NEW DEVELOPMENTS WILL BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG IN A TIMELY MANNER. UPDATES WILL ALSO BE BROADCAST ON JOHN'S RADIO STATION 94.9 fm (KCBZ). If you should have any questions, please contact Deb Treusdell, Seaside Rotary President 503-739-2030 or Robin Knoll 503-440-1590.