Matt Tomlanovich Memorial Fund

Matt Tomlanovich passed away on the morning of October 19th, 2014.

Originally this fund was set up in the hopes that it would be used for assistive technology to help him after his paralysis. However, his condition declined. In keeping with the spirit of our original mission, funds donated here will be given to support his family and allay the direct and indirect costs from his hospitalization, along with funeral costs. A portion may also be used to memorialize Matt so that he may be remembered for his personal and professional achievements.

Please do not send condolences through this page.
All funds are automatically deposited in a bank account for the family, but messages do not reach them directly. Condolences may be sent to his page on (search for Matt Tomlanovich) or directly to the family.



Our dear friend Matt Tomlanovich has been in the hospital since April 3rd, 2014 as a result of a serious MRSA infection in his spinal cord. Since May 14 he has been in a facility receiving rehab and has been making good progress. Though (at the time that this is being written) there is hope that he will recover more use of his limbs, it is probable that he will be a quadriplegic. 

Assistive technology for quadriplegia can run anywhere from $18,000 to $400,000 so the financial goal set for this group is a very rough estimate of the cost of getting Matt the machines he would need in order to once again be creating and working with also some additional funds considered for the practical costs incurred to his wife and two teenage sons during this difficult time.


Why all the talk about hyenas?

Those who were Facebook friends with Matt or fellow writers were familiar with his "Hyena Haikus." It expresses Matt's playful spirit and silly humour, and is a theme for the upcoming fundraiser for Matt.


Please consider attending the fundraiser for Matt!

It will be at the Margo Jones Theater in the Magnolia Lounge at Fair Park at 8:00PM on August 20, 21, and 22 (that's a Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.) 

Here's the address, and if they try to charge you for parking please inform them you're headed to the Magnolia Lounge:

1121 1st Ave
Dallas, TX 75210


Updates on Matt and his wife Claudia can be found at his page on

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