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Continue coverage - an eleven year old boy who suffered a stroke after a football injury is on the mend.

Chase Aeschliman was airlifted to La Crosse back in August and underwent surgery.
Now, young Chase is going through full-time therapy to recover his speech and the use of his right arm and leg.
 KWWL's Jessica Hartman attended his homecoming, Sunday.

Surrounded by friends, Chase laughs and jokes, making his first visit home since the injury, for his benefit.
"I said are you excited about your benefit and the only word he could say is friends and I really truly believe that's who he misses the most," said Laine Aeschliman, Chase's mom.

And those friends were by his side all afternoon.
 Meanwhile, hundreds packed into the echo valley speedway to support the Aeschliman family.

"It shocked me. The amount of people that game forward.The communities. This whole area. I mean as far as Independence, all the way up to Waukon," said Fayette County Sheriff's Chief Deputy and event organizer Jim Davis.

 Although overwhelmed by the crowd, the Aeschliman's say this is the heart of small town America.
"Chase is a loved boy and that's a huge advantage of living in a small community. We love our small community and surrounding community," said Laine.

"Everybody knows everybody and its fabulous," added Kenny Aeschliman, Chase's dad.

 And that support extends all they way to La Crosse. Chase got a surprise visit from his flight nurse and the doctor who performed his surgery.
  "I love it. It was great to see chase. He was the first one who came," said Julie Gollnick, Flight Nurse, Gunderson Luther Medlink Air who responded to the initial call during Chase's stroke.
   "Very nice to see him. Several or a few weeks after the last time you have seen him you see the difference in his improvement," said Dr. Mouhammed Kabbani, the Vascular Neurologist who performed Chase's surgery in La Crosse.

Doctors say Chase has improved faster than expected in the recovery processes, but it is a long road a head.
There is no final count, yet, on the funds raised from the event to cover Chase's medical bills.
 

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