This fundraiser was created on behalf of Michael and the Zyrek family.
On February the 8th, Michael Zyrek, 20 years old, was working out with a friend and abruptly stopped due to what was described as massive headache and neck pain. With the help of his girlfriend Sophia, they made the decision to head to the emergency room at Sparrow Hospital. That decision to seek help immediately is what saved Michael's life.
What came next was a world wind that no one expected. Shortly after arriving at the emergency room, Michael lost consciousness. A brain bleed was found and doctors needed to operate immediately. Michael's parents, Scott and Anne Zyrek raced to Lansing from Rochester Hills to be with their son. The procedure was completed to relieve pressure off of the brain via a drain, but now the challenge of fixing the root of the problem remained.
It was determined that Michael has AVM (arteriovenous malformation) as well as an aneurysm located in and around the spinal cord at C2 and C3. The complexity of having both an AVM and an aneurysm along with the location of these issues leads to a case rarely seen by neurologists. The wonderful team at Sparrow Hospital attempted to fix the root of the problem, but had to retreat due to risk of paralysis.
Michael has now been transferred to the University of Michigan Neurology Intensive Care Unit. Our hope is they will be able to find another angle to address the issues and set him on his path to recovery. Doctors noted that Michaels case is extremely rare - one case every 15 years, if that. And even then his case is a 10 out of 10 in terms of complexity, according to his medical team (doctors, nurses, etc.).
As a member of the Oakland Junior Grizzles AA hockey team from 3rd to 11th grade, Michael was a part of multiple State Championships. He helped lead Rochester United to its first ever regional championship in 2019 and earned an All Sate Honorable Mention. He graduated from Rochester Adams Highschool in 2019 and is currently pursuing a business degree at Michigan State University, as a sophomore. The brotherhood he found in hockey transitioned to a new brotherhood with Sigma Nu Fraternity where he recently was elected Vice President.
Asking for help isn't easy, but Michael and the Zyrek family need it at this time. Even with good insurance, the cost of Michaels current care is overwhelming. If you are able to support in any capacity in their time of need it would be greatly appreciated.