The fundraiser started by Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich to help the ChadTough Foundation just got another boost. University of Michigan regent Ron Weiser announced Tuesday that he would match donations to the fundraiser for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Initiative (PBTRI) up to $1 million.
Michigan regent Ron Weiser will match donations to ChadTough fundraiser
— ChadTough Foundation (@chadtough) December 26, 2017
Winovich began the fundraiser last week with a goal of $15,000. The fundraiser had landed more than $128,000 as of Tuesday morning.
“The Wolverines have shown what happens when you find a cause that’s greater than yourself and you embrace it,” ChadTough co-founder Tammi Carr said in a press release. “These men said they wanted to help and almost 2000 people so far have jumped in and said, ‘We want to help, too.’ Each and every one of those people have stood up and come together, to do what they are able.”
Winovich had pledged to dye his hair orange for the Outback Bowl if fans hit the goal of $15,000. Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and linebacker Devin Bush have also set goals that were met and will have orange hair in the Jan. 1 bowl game. Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown is set to dye his mustache orange after the $125,000 mark was hit.
“I came up with the idea a couple months ago, actually,” Winovich said. “I was thinking, ‘How could I help a charity? What unique talents do I have that could bring people together?’ The one thing I really had that a lot of people don’t have is the long hair. It’s very noticeable, it’s very divisive – people love it and there’s some people that don’t like it. It’s a hot topic.”
The ChadTough Foundation funds research and awareness of Pediatric Brain Tumors and puts an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Chad Carr, the grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, died in 2015 after a 14-month fight with DIPG.