South Bend Man Raises funds for Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


South Bend man shaves head to raise money for Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Posted By Megan Washburn




SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Almost seven years ago, Matthew Brewster woke up for school, but something didn't feel right. After a traumatic brain injury, he's now paying it forward.

"Matthew was 17 and a junior at Adams High School," said Matthew's Mom, Shannon. "He got up for school one morning and turned the shower on."

The star fencer called out for his mom; something was wrong.

Matthew suffered a massive hemorrhage. He's spent the last seven years relearning how to walk, talk and function on his own.

"People were shocked when I graduated from college, did a bike race, fenced in nationals," Matthew said.

He's made a remarkable recovery, thanks to countless doctors and therapists, so he decided he wanted to do something to say thank you. He decided to shave his head as a fundraiser to collect funds for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. Matthew received incredible care there during his recovery.

He raised more than $10,000 to donate to the AbilityLab, which he hopes will help more people on the road to recovery.

If you'd like to donate, click here.


Read the full story at WNDU 16 News.