Donor Family Starts Random Acts of Kindness Movement in Celebration of Son’s Life  |  April 14, 2014

Michael Collins’ family remembers the 22-year-old as a vibrant combination of focus, fun and faith. He was a senior exercise science major at Illinois State University and worked as an assistant baseball coach with his father on the University High School baseball team.

Michael was critically injured after a drunk driver crashed into the car he was riding in on March 29. On April 2, he passed away and became an organ and tissue donor. Michael’s gift of life will save or enhance the lives of over 200 people.

His family is celebrating his life by encouraging people to perform random acts of kindness and share their stories using #MCStrong or via the Facebook page Pay it Forward for Michael Collins. Hundreds of people have shared stories of paying off a stranger’s medical bill or restaurant tab, buying toys or food for underprivileged children, leaving a bucket of tennis balls at a dog park, and encouraging people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.

His family hopes that through each small act of kindness, their son’s legacy of generosity will live on.

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