Chris Campbell, a man with Down Syndrome who worked at the same McDonald’s in Georgia for 27 years, has passed away.
Family members confirmed to 11Alive that Chris died on the morning of 11th June. They also added that his death was sudden and unexpected.
Chris Campbell passed away without life insurance and his family is asking for donations via GoFundMe to assist in covering funeral costs.
The GoFundMe page describes him as “a boy scout, church acolyte, community volunteer, McDonald’s employee, loving son, grandson, brother, uncle and friend. He was so special in so many ways to so many people.”
Writing on the page, his family further added, “Chris Campbell was a wonderful example of the difference made by a loving family, supportive community and strong advocates. He was special in so many ways to so many people. He loved all things pirate and enjoyed celebrating life through music and laughter! His family feels an immense loss and will miss Chris’ sweet smile and generous spirit.”
Chris was a good employee to the very end. He was very loyal and treated all customers with respect. The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta and his co-workers honored him in March by throwing him a party, with a cake and a trophy for being an employee for twenty seven years.
“He’s got determination, a lot of fight, and he’s going to the top no matter what… and no one’s going to stop him!” Chris’s mother said at the time, according to 11Alive.
The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta also issued a statement after his story went viral.
After Chris’s story went viral, The Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta issued a statement saying, “They love their families, value their friends, root for the home team, and cope with the challenges of daily living such as managing a budget, living independently and having a job. These individuals and their families want the same opportunities for education, health, relationships, community involvement and careers as everyone else. With advocacy and the right supports, we can help make that happen!”
“For anyone to be at any business for 27 years is pretty remarkable. For a man with Down syndrome to be employed by the same brand and three different owner-operators over the years speaks to his personality.” Kellie Vander Veur, the manager at the McDonald’s where Chris worked, told InsideEdition in March.
“I like to clean, mopping, cleaning the tables and making Happy Meal boxes. I love the Happy Meal boxes. Every time I give them the boxes it makes each person happy.” Chris said in March.
Chris’s story is a beacon of hope for parents of children with Down syndrome. “His mother … always told him, ‘You can do anything you want to do,’” Kellie Vander Veur said.