Michael’s 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 passed away from injuries he sustained after a drunk driver crashed into the car he was riding in. He had already made the decision to register as a donor, and his family is proud that his decision will impact many lives.
His family started The Michael Collins Foundation to support causes and initiatives important to Michael, his faith, and his family. They celebrate his life by encouraging people to perform random acts of kindness and share their stories using #MCStrong. 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 act of kindness, their son’s legacy of generosity will live on.
The Michael Collins Foundation is hosting the MCstrong 5k Classic Run/Walk on April 18, you can register here.