New Mexico's INFLUENCE Magazine is proud to feature Mr. Mike Chase: 2022 Mr. United States, entrepreneur, stylist, and the Hero of Cancun during 2020's devastating Hurricane Delta.
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Mike Chase lives by the philosophy “Live your life to the fullest! Be the best you, you can be!” Now Chase is using his platform and life-changing experience to spread his important message. Chase is an Alamogordo native and was recently crowned Mr. United States 2022. His goal is to work for New Mexico’s community and communities throughout the US by telling his life-changing story.
Early when Covid hit, Chase traveled to a resort in Cancun Mexico. During his stay, he feared for his life, when a Category 4 hurricane raged outside his resort. Phone service and power were lost and visitors were evacuated to the lower ballroom overnight for nearly 11 hours. There were travelers from all over the world and Chase was one of only 15 Americans. He was asked to translate a request from hotel staff. The request was to write your social security number on your arm. The reason: If the storm becomes deadly, your bodies can be identified. Visitors began speaking to Chase telling him their last wishes: “If I don’t make it, tell my son I love him.” Another guest told him “I wish I would have spent more time with my parents.”
Chase was alarmed. “We could die … this is serious!” he said to himself. After surviving the hurricane, Chase realized his dreams from a younger age when he used to model in New York. He realized he had stopped doing the things he truly loved. He thought, “I have lived in self-doubt for so long,” thinking he was too old to model or not good-looking enough.” -Andrea Joquin, New Mexico's INFLUENCE Magazine
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