Fundraiser Held for Man Brutally Beaten in Morgan Park
Silent Auction And Dinner Proceeds Go to Help with Medical Expenses
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A mother’s nightmare became a reality for Jacqueline Eck in July of this year, when she received a phone call that her son, Matthew Rewald, was viciously attacked by three people in Morgan Park.
He was rushed to the ICU, and Eck was told that her son had a 50/50 chance to live.
Though he was able to pull through, Rewald sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Family members said it’s too early to know the extent of the damage caused, but that the injuries have changed his life and the lives of those who love him.
The Group “Making a Difference for Matt by Stopping Violence” held a Silent Auction and Dinner fundraiser to help with medical bills and expenses for Rewald, who may never be able to live independently again.
“This benefit is for him, for his bills, for his rent, for his food, for his clothing, for his… everything that he’s just not going to be able to pay for now, as an adult,” said Melony Brantley, who is the victim’s aunt.
His family members said it’s more than just a benefit for Rewald, but also to raise awareness of violence.
“Stand up, protect someone if you see someone hurting somebody, do something, make a difference, stop the violence. That’s what this is about,” said Eck.
The group also set up a go fund me account http://www.gofundme.com/5au7bk4k