UW-Whitewater alum shines the spotlight on Brain Injury Awareness Month

A fundraiser is being held on Wednesday, March 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mac’s Pizza Shack in Janesville for longtime southern Wisconsin resident Thomas Hapka.

Hapka continues to struggle with complications from a traumatic brain injury he sustained during a chiropractic appointment. He never received any settlement, and this fundraiser is part of a series intended to help pay for his rehabilitative care and offset the massive medial expenses he and his family incurred.

Students at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater have joined Hapka’s campaign and are working to organize fundraising events for Hapka and his family throughout southern Wisconsin. Andrew Gardner, a public relations major, joined Hapka’s campaign after learning of his story on campus.

“I felt compelled to get involved when I heard about Tom’s story and the hardships that he and his family are going through,” Gardner said. “I was also drawn to Tom’s story because he’s a UW-Whitewater alum and his family has given many years to the campus.”

Mac’s Pizza Shack will donate 10 percent of all sales between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 to Hapka’s fund, and the event is open to the public. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to visit lifebeyondbraininjury.org and make a secure donation.