A Little Bit About Michael:
Mike Chaloupka graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2008 in Management Information Systems. Mike faced many challenges in life (he lived life in a wheelchair) but was never one to complain or think about taking the easy road. After graduation, rather than pursue more lucrative jobs, he decided to work in a campus ministry called InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Mike was to serve as a campus lay minister, helping other students who faced challenges in life.
His employers were amazed by his maturity and his tenacity to care for and love those who needed it most, but looked for it the least. Mike was set to work at UW-Whitewater starting in the fall of 2008. On August 26th, Mike was on his way to provide training to student volunteers in InterVarsity, when he was struck by a car in a crosswalk. He later died of his injuries on September 9th. While we mourn the loss of Michael – we were so very proud of the life he lived and the man of integrity he had become.
Michael’s Helping Hands Foundation is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to remembering and promoting the spirit and ideals of Michael Chaloupka by making a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities in Southeastern Wisconsin. The foundation focuses its efforts on offering funding for scholarships, recreational opportunities, spiritual retreats, and philanthropic pursuits where foundation support will make a significant difference.