Marathon man aids tornado recovery in Alabama

Matt Anderson won’t run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon until October 9, but he took the first step to something important back in April when he chose this event as a way to remember a lost friend and help others hit hard by tornadoes across Alabama.

“Although it will be a challenge for me to complete this 26.2 mile race,” Matt says on his Facebook page, “I will be especially motivated by the excitement of knowing that it will benefit such a worthy cause.”

Ryan McHie, one of Matt’s closest friends, died in a car accident in 2010, and Matt is celebrating his life in running the marathon. He also is responding to the tornadoes, which involved him in helping families by patching roofs, cutting down trees and salvaging personal possessions for affected families.

A native of Kentucky, Matt has been in Birmingham for two years, and he believes the people of his adopted state are hard-working folks who need some help right now. All gifts to the Bama Rising Fund will help in tornado recovery efforts throughout the state of Alabama.

Matt is asking for donations to be made in memory of Ryan McHie. His personal fundraising goal is $1,660, a number that recalls Ryan’s fraternity initiation number into the Omega Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, one of the many experiences the young men shared.

The Community Foundation is proud that Matt chose this grantmaking fund for his efforts. If he trains as well as he plans for this special effort, he is sure to raise much more than his goal and make a difference for tornado recovery across our state. More information is available here about the tornado recovery funds of the Community Foundation.

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