SOUTH HADLEY, Mass (WGGB)- South Hadley has seen its share of problems in recent years, but lately the town’s streets have been filled with random acts of kindness between residents.
They are all in honor of 29-year old South Hadley native, Seth Machak, who passed away just over a week ago.
It happened all of a sudden, explains friend and spokesperson for the family, Michael Chunyk. “He was a healthy 20-year-old and one morning he woke up with a cough. On this particular morning, February 18th, Seth was taken to the hospital and soon moved to the intensive care unit after learning he had a severe case of pneumonia and a deadly infection.”
“The questions began pouring in,” explained Chunyk, as caring friends wondered if he was going to be okay.
To keep everyone updated on his progress, Seth’s family created a Facebook Page. On the site, the idea of “Acts of Sethness” was developed to do anonymous, kind deeds for others- all in Seth’s honor.
Inspiring stories came flooding in and his mother, Cathy Machek read them to her son as he fell into a coma in his hospital bed.
“When his mother would read him the posts from the blog, they could see that his breathing would change his heart rate would change,” said Chunyk.
Unfortunately 5 days after Seth’s arrival to the hospital, he passed away.
Seth was known and loved by many in South Hadley, so with the “Random Acts of Sethness” they plan to keep his memory alive.
At Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar downtown, where Seth was a frequent visitor, owner Kenn Kosiba is participating in the act.
“Seth was crazy about bacon.. he loved bacon everything bacon on everything. So all the bacon on our sandwiches we are donating to his benefit in April,” says Kosiba.
Other acts—pounds of bacon falvored dog food delivered to the animal shelter, a teacher giving books to her class, and some buying coffee for strangers.
Seth Machak will certainly be missed, but his legacy as a positive, kind-hearted person will live on forever.
“I lost my best friend… thats something you never really get over, but “Random Acts of Sethness” is inspiring me to be a better person, which is what Seth would have wanted,” says Chunyk.
A benefit in Seth’s Memory will be held on April 5th at the Polish American Club in South Hadley. Tickets are $25. Contact (413) 885-5696 for more information.