That man who fell and died the following Tuesday morning was one of the very best friends of one of the founders of CUTigers.com. He was a bright, wonderful young man who had his whole life ahead of him.
His name was Ian Burns, and he left behind his wonderful wife Tessa, two younger brothers, two loving parents, and loyal friends.
To say we all miss him is a tremendous understatement. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from Clemson, worked for 5 years as an engineer, and then had the courage at age 30 to change careers and follow his dream of becoming a dentist.
The days in the hospital after the accident were excruciating, to say the least. Needless to say, the family is now faced with the challenge of not only getting their lives back to normal with the passing of a loved one who was such a wonderful human being, but also they're strapped with a nearly quarter million dollar medical bill.
A fund has been established to ease the burden the family must bear in this time of need.
Donating will give us all an opportunity to bring some good to a tragic event. The funds will be used to pay off medical bills and eventually be distributed to the Ian Burns Scholarship Fund, a scholarship program at the Medical University of South Carolina to help one Clemson graduate a year attend dental school as a way of keeping Ian's memory alive.
The address for donations is as follows:
Ian Burns Memorial Fund
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 190012
N. Charleston, SC 29419-9012
The family would appreciate any support you could lend, as no donation is too small to show you're thinking of them.
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