Having battled pulmonary hypertension for many years, Carroll County High School Principal Chuck Thompson has been awaiting a double lung transplant at Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C. for nearly two months.
Thompson is currently undergoing multiple tests at Duke Hospital daily as he awaits a double lung transplant very soon. Friends and family have been working hard to put together two fundraisers for Thompson as his medical expenses mount. The first event will be a benefit golf tournament on April 7 at Skyland Lakes Golf Course. A benefit dinner for Thompson will follow eight days later on April 15 in the CCHS cafeteria.
Thompson is known by many in Carroll County. He’s known by his family as husband to Monica; dad to Emma & Jackson; son to Judy and the late Coach Tommy Thompson and his in-laws Gay Nell & Markel Cochran; and brother to Mike & Traci and his in-laws Ernesto, Matthew & Marybeth. In his hometown of Hillsville, Chuck is most known as the principal of Carroll County High School. Many know Chuck as their colleague or community leader….most just love knowing Chuck as their friend.
Thompson entered the Duke Lung Transplant Program in February, the next phase of his medical treatment for pulmonary hypertension (PH). Chuck, Monica, Emma and Jackson, along with his medical team, are hopeful and confident that transplant will bring a long-term solution to his condition. Life after transplant means Thompson is forever free of PH.
For many years, Thompson has quietly worked with his team of medical experts to treat his condition. His treatment path has had its challenges but Chuck’s fortitude enabled him to be known for doing what he loves — enjoying his family, being a good friend, and investing in his hometown community.
Entering into the transplant program required Thompson to temporarily relocate to Durham. There, his primary focus has been to meet medical milestones leading up to a successful double lung transplant.
Thompson looks forward to the work ahead knowing he’s got the love and encouragement of those who know him. Messages to Chuck & family can be emailed to Chuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or Monica at email@example.com. Cards or notes can be mailed to Judy Thompson at P.O. Box 400, Hillsville, Va., 24343.
The golf tournament at Skyland Lakes is a Captain’s Choice Tournament. All teams must be signed up by April 4. Shotgun start time is 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost is $200 per team ($50 per person) and $5 per mulligan (two allowed). Cost is $240 total for team with all mulligans. Lunch will be provided.
There will be first, second and third place prizes. For more information, contact Joe Tompkins at (276) 733-6444, Matthew Thompkins at (276) 733-6429, Mark Burnette at (276) 733-4758 or Marc Quesenberry at (276) 237-3871.
Additionally, there will be three levels of sponsorship. A Gold Sponsorship will be $100 to sponsor a hole. A Silver Sponsorship will be $50 to sponsor a hole, and a Bronze sponsorship will be $25 to sponsor a hole. Your business name will be advertised on a sign placed at one of the tees. The money will go directly to the Thompson family.
The benefit dinner for Thompson will be held April 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the CCHS Cafeteria. Cost is by donation only. Call-in orders can be made to (276) 733-4490 or (276) 728-2125. You may also make donations directly to accounts set up at Carter Bank or First Baptist Church of Hillsville.
You can follow Chuck’s progress at www.caringbridge.org/visit/chuckthompson2018
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN