Family making strides in local Down Syndrome community

The story behind The Chase Gates Foundation and the F.O.C.U.S Award
Chase Gates and family share how they give back to the Downs Syndrome community
Published: Sep. 20, 2023 at 2:31 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (TENNESSEE VALLEY LIVING) - After spending much of his life in the shadows, Chase Gates began body lifting competitively and is working to make sure other individuals with disabilities never have to feel what he once did.

“The Chase Gates Foundation began because somebody helped a kid with mosaic Down Syndrome,” said Michelle in “Focused on Giving Back.”

This small act of kindness made an impression on Chase and changed his life for the better. From there, the F.O.C.U.S Award was created

It made an impression and it was a life-changing moment for Chase resulting in the creation of the Focus Award. Nine years later it’s continuing to make a difference in people’s lives.

Chase made his own way in the world
Chase made his own way in the world(Michelle Prater)

The Chase Gates Foundation hopes to become an official 501 c Foundation within the next year. This will help them reach even more within the Down Syndrome community.

Chase with his mom Michelle and sister Channing
Chase with his mom Michelle and sister Channing(Michelle Prater)

If you’d like to get involved with the Foundation, email

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