Even in death, Brophy student a ‘Man for others’

Robby Mayasich should have graduated from Brophy College Preparatory three years ago, but he tragically died the spring of his senior year while involved in a charitable run. Today the school announced another outreach on his behalf.

A memorial fund in Mayasich’s name is now fully endowed. Some $140,000 has been raised for a need-based scholarship. Beginning next fall and every year after, one or more qualifying students will be able to attend Brophy through the help of the Robby Mayasich ’10 Memorial Fund.

Monies came largely from family, friends and the extended Brophy and Channel 12 communities. Mayasich’s dad still works for the television news station.

Dan and Landis Mayasich, his parents, called the fund a perfect way to celebrate what would have been their son’s 22nd birthday today.

“He was always so sensitive to the needs of those less fortunate.  To know that a deserving young man will get a world-class education every year at Brophy College Prep in his memory is such a fitting tribute to Robby and the way he lived his life,” a family statement said.

This isn’t the first way Mayasich’s untimely death brought new life and hope. His own “golden heart sustains another life” as an organ donor, according to his obituary. Other organs restored life’s promise for many families. His death and status as an organ donor also inspired his classmates to organize a drive-thru “Donate Life” campaign in 2010 which became the largest high school organ donor drive in Arizona.