Family members take photos of Chad Pyper's memorial that was dedicated last week in the courtyard at Desert Vista High School. Pyper attended the school's special education program and, by numerous accounts, touched the hearts of fellow students, staff and teachers. Pyper passed away a year ago because of a genetic disorder.
Mark Pyper remembers his son Chad at a dedication held in Chad's honor at Desert Vista High School. \"It seems like yesterday when I was scooting his wheelchair into class, and it was always the highlight of my day,\" he said.
Classmates, staff, teachers and family members viewed childhood photos of Chad Pyper after a memorial ceremony held Dec. 10 at Desert Vista High School.
Chad Pyper's family took a minute to pose by the memorial dedicated Dec. 10 at Desert Vista. Dec. 10 would have been Chad's 21st birthday. Family members include (from left): sister Brooke, mother Sarah, father Mark, stepmother Loren and sister Paige.
Sarah Pyper Colone, Chad's mother, addressed students, staff and family at the Dec. 10 dedication held at Desert Vista: \"When Chad left, it was on his own terms,\" she said. \"His life was very significant, and he made a difference.
The memorial at Desert Vista High School commemorates the life of Chad Pyper who attended the school and passed away due to Hunter Syndrome last December.