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BRAYAN ABREU

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Raised by 93 people in 3 months
Created April 21, 2019
On 04/19/19, I lost a brother and awesome friend. 

Brayan Abreu, was only 22 years young when we lost him to a tragic vehicle accident. He was from Mexico City, Mexico and lived in Georgia. Brayan came to Chicago to Study at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

He was a great son, brother, friend, student,  innovator & person. 
Brayan had just recently  graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in May 2018 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Brayan had a long life to live. His family was very proud of his accomplishments. We cannot even imagine the amount of sadness this has caused his loved ones. 

My friends and I are asking for donations to help his family in this time of need. Every little bit is appreciated, thank you for all your love and support. Your donations will help cover cost all funeral services.

Today for him.
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Brayan Abreu grew up in Athens, where he and his family moved from Mexico City. He attended CCHS where many of his teachers were impressed with his intelligence, determination, and kindness.

Brayan loved science and technology: “I grew up watching the Discovery Channel,” he said. He did well in school and knew that he wanted to pursue a career in aerospace engineering or medicine. But he also knew that his options for higher education were limited; under Georgia law, undocumented students are barred from attending the state’s top public universities. Brayan dreamed of attending Georgia Tech but knew that was not possible.

As a high school student, Brayan became involved in the tutoring and college advising programs that U-Lead volunteers offer for undocumented students. He decided to apply to private colleges in Georgia; even though those colleges didn’t offer a major in aerospace engineering, he knew that he could complete the pre-requisite courses, which he did, majoring in physics at Piedmont College, and then transfer to another institution.

And that’s exactly what he did. With support from U-Lead, he applied to transfer to the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. U-Lead gave him a stipend to travel to Chicago for an interview and campus visit. IIT offered a generous scholarship and U-Lead awarded him a scholarship; Brayan also worked many hours, making it possible for him to enroll.
Bryan said that being so far from home was hard on him and even harder on his family. But he found a comfortable place at IIT, where he worked on interesting projects with a talented and respected engineering faculty. He also became involved in the Undocumented Students and Allies group, and headed up a campaign asking all students at IIT to contribute to an endowment fund to support undocumented student scholarships. That effort allowed Brayan to share his story with many other students who have been very supportive and encouraging.

Bryan graduated from IIT in 2018 and planned to work for a while before considering graduate school. He wanted to help support his family and hoped that his engineering degree would open up good job opportunities. “I would love to go back to Georgia,” he said, “I am determined to do what I promised to my Hispanic culture. I have the support of all my family members and I will be part of the growing Hispanic intellectual community here in the U.S. and also in many Latin American countries. I know that there are many opportunities waiting for me.”

Brayan Abreu died in a single-vehicle crash on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago last week. His U-Lead family is in mourning, even as we celebrate his remarkable life.
-JoBeth Allen
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