Flower Mound High School principal Chad Russell is on the road to recovery after being diagnosed with COVID-19 at the end of November.
While Mr. and Mrs. Russell were not available for comment given the circumstances, Murray Media Group has learned quite a bit from several social media posts aimed at keeping the community up to date on his recovery.
“He is so strong and so very stubborn. I know he can do this with all of our help.” Jennifer Russell wrote in a December Facebook post about her husband. On January 12th, she posted a smiling selfie with Mr. Russell with the caption, “I am married to a fighter!”
Mr. Russell has certainly been through quite a battle. His initial diagnosis was around Thanksgiving, and things
quickly took a turn for the worst. Four days before Christmas, his wife posted on social media that her husband
had been in critical condition at a local hospital for three weeks. Upon admission, he was sedated and intubated. He was admitted to the ICU, where he received alternative treatment to help increase his oxygen absorption.
By January 4th, Mr. Russell had thankfully been moved out of the ICU, as he was getting stronger every day, and his oxygen levels were doing well with the decrease in support. An update on January 14th revealed that Mr. Russell was back in Texas at a local step-down hospital to continue his therapy and rehabilitation treatments.
Needless to say, everyone is elated to see so much progress from their favorite principal. And several students have
stepped up to help out the family in any way they can. The community rallied together to show support for Mr. Russell through a GoFundMe page that was started by 14-year-old Thomas Faulkner.
Thomas previously attended Lamar Middle School when Mr. Russell was the principal and felt compelled to do something special.
“Mr. Russell is a good man and a great principal,” Thomas said. “In order to help him, I asked my mom if we could create a GoFundMe for him. This would hopefully help with the expenses that came with Mr. Russell’s treatment.”
Since the creation of the fundraiser, nearly $19,000 of the $20,000 goal had been raised. The GoFundMe has
since been shared over 1,500 times and gathered nearly 300 supporters.
“I am very grateful for his recovery, and I really appreciate everybody’s help with donating to the GoFundMe. This means a lot to me and everyone he helped get the education they deserve,” Thomas stated.
Not to be outdone, the Lewisville-Flower Mound Young Life staff held a socially distanced prayer vigil on December 23rd in the Flower Mound Baptist Church parking lot. The attendees included former and current students, family friends, and community members. They passed out blue ribbons to continue the effort of “Blue Ribbon for Russell” started by Flower Mound students.
There is no doubt that Mr. Russell is a well-liked principal, colleague, and friend to the community. Although he has been the principal at Flower Mound since 2019, his journey at FMHS began in 2007. He served as Assistant Principal for 10 years before becoming the principal at Lamar Middle School for the two years following.
The outpouring of support and generosity on social media has been nothing short of amazing from the Flower Mound community. We pray for a full recovery from Mr. Russell, and the Flower Mound High School administration and student body are waiting to welcome back their principal.
To help support Principal Chad Russell, go to gofund.me/7C1A39A8 and donate!
photo courtesy of Faulkner Family