The joy, laughter, inspiration and LOVE that Michael brought to our family is truly beyond words. He blessed us daily with his passions….his passion for life, family, friends, animals and his wonderful passion for sports. Not a minute goes by that we don’t deeply miss our beautiful son and brother. Michael’s life will forever be our great gift and blessing.
While only on this earth for 16 years and 8 months, Michael touched many lives in so many wonderful ways. Our family is committed to honoring Michael’s beautiful life, his passions and continuing the kindness he showed to others through just1mike, a 501c3 non-profit foundation. Lovingly named after Michael’s blog, just1mike.com , our foundation will work to raise awareness and fund testing for the prevention of sudden cardiac death in teens as well as provide AED equipment, training and emergency preparedness plans for a sudden cardiac event. We will also work to offer scholarship opportunities in Michael’s name.
In our lives and in our hearts there is truly just…1…mike and as one of Michael’s friends from Culver said in a letter to us,
“my life is better because of his”
So, we will continue to help make a difference in the lives of others for Michael and will start with an important event at Michael’s high school, Hinsdale Central, on September 7, 2017. We have partnered with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and the Young Hearts for Life foundation to offer a school wide ECG cardiac screening. The Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) cardiac screening program is the largest teen program in the country and has, to date, screened over 150,000 students for common cardiac conditions that can lead to sudden death. The program will be funded by just1mike and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital so that each student can receive this quick and simple test free of charge. This is a day that will be devoted to the health and wellness of all students at Hinsdale Central as every child, not just student athletes, will have the opportunity to be screened through an ECG test.
Online registration is open now for parents to register their students and we strongly encourage every family to participate in this important day. Hinsdale Central parents will receive more information on the screening from the school. You may also find additional information on this type of screening on the YH4L website, YH4L.org .
We need volunteers!
Parents, friends and community members, we hope you will help us make this a successful day by volunteering to help. Anyone can volunteer! The screening is held during the school day on Sept. 7th and all volunteers must attend one of the training sessions which will be held both late afternoon and evening on Sept. 6th.
Registration details for student screening and to volunteer are listed at the end of this post.
So as we start this new journey in our lives, we invite you to join us in this important work. We also want to thank our family and friends from the bottom of our hearts for your love, support and continued prayer. We feel the love and are so grateful.
And Michael, you have changed our lives forever with the amazing love you gave us and continue to give us. We know you are with us every step of the way. You shared your life so completely with everyone who knew you and we will carry that gift with us always as we honor you, spread your joy, work hard for you and love you always.
The Brindley family, forever 5 ❤️
1 Corinthians 13:13(NIV)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We will share the website for just1mike when that is complete. In the meantime the foundation is fully formed and accepting donations. Tax deductible charitable gifts can be made to just1mike, P.O. Box 276, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514.
Register your Hinsdale Central Student today by going to YH4L.org.
1. From the Registration and Events tab
2. click Registration and Results
3. click Chicago Region High School Students
4. submit the permission form
5. Enter your personal information
6. Choose Hinsdale Central as the SCHOOL
Volunteer sign-up is open and online, here’s how you sign up:
- Go to the invitation page on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/RDWcVY
- Enter your email address (you will NOT need to register and account with SignUp.com)
- Sign Up! Choose your spot and be sure to sign up for your training session as well as the shift you will work at the screening. If you can, please consider joining us for the entire day!