David Chase, 65, has one functioning artery in his heart. Since May of last year, Chase has been on the national heart transplant waiting list.
His healthy diet and a lifetime of exercise, however, have an unintended consequence - he looks too healthy to receive a heart. But after a triple bypass surgery and a second operation to save his last artery, there is little else that can be done to his heart but wait for a new one.
The student activities director of Walla Walla Community College, Chase manages club budgets, works with student government and fields challenges in pool and pingpong by students. No one has consistently beaten him. A natural athlete, Chase holds a doctorate degree in physical education.
Chase is the focus of this week's Voices from the Walla Walla Valley at wallawallavoices.com.