Welcome to the Mike Brown Jr. Memorial website
legacy lives on...
Roen (on the left), received Mike's heart in a life-saving
transplant operation in 2002. Although Bob lost his battle with failing health in 2009, he routinely spoke to
large groups of young people at schools and other venues
in Illinois on behalf of Gift
of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. Accompanying
Bob on those speaking engagements was a larger-than-life
portrait of Mike that helped Bob bring home the message
to his listeners. Through Bob, Mike continued to make
an impact on the lives of others who were saved through
Bob's message of organ donation.
The Mike Brown Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established
shortly after the untimely death of an extraordinary young
man who was loved by many during his brief life. Mike Brown,
Jr., known to many as "Mikey" or "Brownie,"
touched a wide circle of lives during his 18 years on this
earth, and dramatically impacted more after his death as an
Because of the generosity of his family, who made a brave
and unselfish decision during a time of extreme grief, the
lives of at least four individuals were extended with life-saving
organ donations. One of those individuals, Bob Roen, received
Mike's healthy and giving heart.
Besides saving his life, that gift has changed Bob's outlook
dramatically. Mike's spirit has motivated Bob to spend more
time with family -- especially his grandchildren -- and these
days he is our most prolific and devoted fundraiser. He has
made it his mission to raise thousands of dollars in donations
from personal acquaintances all across the country to keep
Mike's memory alive.
Let the Brown Family know that you
Feel free to leave your thoughts about Mike or just to say hello on the MBJr Facebook Group page.