By Christina Soto | Broadcast Reporter
Baylor graduate Coho Menk died last May, six days after he graduated. Coho was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, a youth minister at Richland Christian Church in Waco and always had a giving heart.
“Coho’s life was filled with faith, love and friendship, and we are comforted knowing that God had a path for Coho and he lived his life to the fullest,” Beth Messerly, Menk’s mother said.
Menk was an organ donor and he was able to donate his organs to 60 families after his death.
Growing up Menk and his family would go on mission trips abroad to help children in need. Menk was involved in sports all his life, his family would travel to countries bringing with them sports equipment and clothes to donate. Therefore, his mother thought creating a non profit organization in his name was the perfect way to honor him.
“After Coho died we thought there was really no question as far as starting a non profit to keep Coho’s spirit alive,” said Messerly.
CoHope is a non-profit organization that serves children worldwide. It gives them the opportunity and tools to promote health,education and help the overall well being of children.
Menk’s brothers in Alpha Tau Omega and his family are all determined to continue his legacy. Along with other ATO members, Murphy sophomore, Daniel Ligon, who is the Bed Races chair, decided to dedicate their most popular event, the bed races to Coho. All the money raised will be donated to CoHope. They are hoping to raise 5,000 dollars for the organization.
“When he passed away last spring it really it all of us hard. It was just really sad, it was a tough thing to go through and so at that moment I knew we needed to do something to honor him because he had a really great legacy while he was here and we needed to continue that on,” Ligon said.