Stratman's untimely illness and death have galvanized many in the Lakota school community, which encompasses both West Chester and Liberty townships.
After his collapse, Stratman was diagnosed with an AVM (arteriovenous malformation), which involves bleeding in the brain, according to a GoFundMe page created to help the family defray medical costs.
Through a series of events, car washes and other fundraisers, thousands have contributed money, time and prayers for the youth and his family. An online fund — “Stratman Strong” — was created to help the teen’s family with medical expenses.
Most recently on Sunday, the Center Pointe Christian Church in Liberty Township opened its doors to conduct small-group, grief counseling services.
Thursday’s ceremony will be held in the Lakota West gym — at 8940 Union Centre Blvd. — with doors opening at 6 p.m.
According to the family’s statement, “following the service, please join Matt’s family as we walk him through the (Lakota) West Stadium.”
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the AVM Research Foundation, 179 Windfair Loop, Montgomery, Texas 77316 or to the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati, 350 Erkenbrecher Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229, or to a Local Youth Sports Organization of donor’s choice.