UPDATE: More than $6,000 Raised for Deceased Dondero Grad's Family

Chad Coker, a father of four with one more on the way, passed away on Dec. 3. Coker, 33, grew up in Royal Oak.

Donations continue to pour in for a disabled veteran without life insurance who passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 3.

An online campaign to help the family of Chad Coker, which has been shared nearly 80 times on Facebook by Royal Oak Patch readers, has brought in more than $6,000 in just five days.

"I'm asking for love and support from the Royal Oak community to help this young family. Chad grew up in Royal Oak and attended Dondero High School," wrote Jennifer Merian to Royal Oak Patch. "Any and all support is welcomed."

Dondero grad Rosie Couture contribruted to the fund.

"I didn't know Chad but I worked with his sister, Nancy, at OCC a while back. . . My condolences to his wife and children and other loved ones," wrote Couture.

The campaign hopes to raise $9,000.

Coker's sister, Nancy Coker Solecki created the fundraiser on http://www.gofundme.com/5m88gcGoFundMe.com. The page reads: 

Chad Coker passed away unexpectedly on December 3, 2013 at just 33 years old.

Chad was a devoted husband and father to his four precious children, Christian (15), Theron (5), Honor (4), and Decklyn (2). The day before his death, he and his expectant wife Laura went to their ultrasound and he was blessed to meet his daughter Olivea who is due the end of January 2014. 

Chad adored and cherished his family above all and would want to know they are being loved and cared for. Many people have asked how they can help since Chad was a disabled veteran and without life insurance. We would love to help Laura with support for the children and some baby items, if you feel led to give a donation, please know that your gift is sincerely appreciated. Thank you so much for all your prayers, love and support during this very devastating time.

Solecki recently provided this update:

I would like to express her deepest gratitude for all of your prayers, love, help and support. This has truly been overwhelming to see how amazingly generous you have all been. So many of you are making sacrifices to help Laura and her precious kids through this extremely difficult time and she is so appreciative, beyond words. Many people are asking for updates and information. Chad will be cremated today and Laura will be bringing him home, in the house he bought for them, where they bonded as family. She is choosing what is best for her kids and has decided to wait on a service for Chad possibly sometime next year after the baby is born and things have settled down a bit.


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