When health promotion and fitness management major Matthew Hruszczak, 25, first got into a car accident in July, the fraternity brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon raised over $12,000 for his medical bills.
Now, though Hruszczak died the morning of Sunday, Feb. 16 morning, the TKE brothers are still helping Hruszczak’s parents pay for medical bills. Hruszczak was on life support for the last eight months and as a result, the family has sustained thousands of dollars in medical bills.
To help the cause, junior health promotion and fitness management major Justin Borden bought 300 wristbands that he and other members of TKE will sell in the Chamberlain Student Center on Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Once he passed, I figured I would put my efforts toward something good instead of just being miserable,” Borden said. “You know, try and do something positive with it.”
Borden met Hruszczak in 2012 when Borden came out to TKE for Rush Week. During that time, they developed a friendship and Hruszczak eventually became his Big.
He and other TKE members decided to put “Live like Matt” on one side of the wristbands and “503 Strong,” signifying Hruszczak’s fraternity scroll number he received when he joined TKE, on the other.
Senior law and justice major and TKE brother Jacob Basch said it was important to spread Hruszczak’s love of life to people.
“Everyone needs to ‘live like Matt,’ enjoy everything you do and always have a smile on your face,” Basch said. “If you live life to the fullest like Matt did, you will never have a regret in your life.”
Borden also created a Facebook page called The Matthew Hruszczak Memorial Fund, which currently has over 400 likes. The page links to the gofundme.com page where people can donate money. So far, the page has raised over $3,000 and through March 1, Hruszczak’s friend, Cyrus Eslami, and his family will match every donation made to the site.
Borden said Hruszczak’s parents are grateful for the support.
“To get such overwhelming help from the fraternity their son was in, it really shows the character that can come from the fraternity,” Borden said. “It’s not just always what society thinks of it as — it’s really a band of brothers that go through ridiculous lengths to help another one out — that goes to their brothers and that goes to their families.”
Though the gofundme.com page says their goal is $100,000, Borden said the main goal is to fund Hruszczak’s “Celebration of Life” event, which will likely cost around $6,000. Regardless, though, Borden said 100 percent of the money earned will go directly to Hruszczak’s mother.
“When someone joins the fraternity, their family joins as well in a sense and we feel like anything we can do for his mother is the best thing possible,” Basch said.
Visit The Matthew Hruszczak Memorial Fund Facebook page for more information on how to donate.
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