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Michael Meyer passed away suddenly on October 16, 2018. He led an exemplary life, filled with many achievements and many acts of kindness. The purpose of the Michael Meyer Memorial Fund for Kindness will be to support initiatives that bring help, hope, comfort, and kindness to others.
“Mike was a fantastic friend and a brilliant mind who pushed those around him to be the best that they could be. In these posts you can see many other accounts of the amazing man he was; inspiring everyone to give it their all, whatever the task at hand. The non-stop energy he exuded was infectious and helped power many of us. I have many memories that I’ll cherish, and things I wish I could thank him for
I’ll never forget our long bike rides to Fermilab or around St. Charles. Or the adventure runs and Crusades that we went on. His energy and enthusiasm convinced me to join swimming my Junior year, pushing me outside of my comfort zone and showing me what I could achieve. I’ll always remember picking him up early in the morning, while the sane world slept, and jamming to X Gon’ Give It To Ya to get hyped for that morning’s swim practice.
I’ll remember the long conversations we had concerning Doughnar, the Android app he was making at the time. These conversations gave me a glimpse of his brilliance while he walked through the problems at hand and the different approaches he could take to resolve them. These conversations were my first real exposure to what programming was, and I credit them for leading me to become a programmer today.
Mike’s story was cut short, but I’m thankful for the time we had together and being able to read about the profound impact he had on all of our lives.”
“Woke up this morning to the news that we lost Mike Meyer at 22 years old. I don’t know the details. Over the past two years, Mike and I had largely fallen out of contact. But I spent three years racing and training alongside Mike, absorbing his quirky off-beat humor and even learning some things from a guy I rank among the most brilliant of my friends. Mike was crazy in a way that made you wonder if you were crazy too and he was his own color of personality. I’ve yet to meet anyone like him. It feels weird posting this tribute on Facebook, a place Mike worked at and also jokingly condemned. He was special, he was loved, and I hope that he’s at peace wherever he is now. Hoping my cross country guys can come together and share their memories of Mike in the comments, should they see this and feel so inclined.
September 14th, 2013. Senior season of XC. Mike and I were in the open race at the Lake Park meet along with Chris Hayes Steven Waynick and Adam Deorreo. We promised each other we’d give it our all and have fun with it. The gun went off and Mike took off for the front. As the swarm of runners closed in around me, all I saw was Mike driving out front and all I could think of was not losing him. I made it out of the pack and stayed within 100m of him the entire race. Mike finished 1st and I faithfully followed after him. It was the fastest 3 mile race of my life: 16:53. Hardly competitive at the level I was at, but it meant the world to me that day and every race after that just couldn’t compare to this. This PR wouldn’t have been possible without Mike. He set the tone on and off the course that carried our open group to a 3rd place finish out of 13 teams. I’m lucky to have run four seasons of XC with Mike. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the awesome memories”
“This news is gutting. The first mile I ever ran in high school was with Mike. We talked before the race about what times we were aiming for. Knowing my newbie goal was much slower than his, Mike told me to stick with him and see what happened. I finished well behind him, but way ahead of where I thought I would. I credit him with showing me ability I didn’t know I had, and inspiring me to reach higher with my goals.
I, too, have never met anyone like Mike. I knew him as highly aspirational and exceptionally talented. I will remember him like that, and I will miss him.”
- Kate Meyer
CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:
Michael N. Meyer Memorial Fund for Kindness
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.
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