Following the diagnosis of his schizophrenia, Chance was in a near-fatal car accident which left him with permanent brain damage and a life-long limp. As a coping mechanism, Chance turned to drugs and alcohol.
It was at this point that Chance discovered Creative Youth Initiative and was accepted into their music program. CYI provided Chance with the opportunity to fulfil his passion for music in a supportive and flexible environment.
Unfortunately, due to complications from the accident Chance passed away before completing the course. We caught up with his mother at the Creative Youth Initiative's 20 year anniversary event, Museum of Creative Hearts, where she opened up to us about her son and the importance of CYI's programs in saving other young people.