Frank’s Story

Site created on December 17, 2019

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Coach Frank T. Burns was admitted to the University of Chicago hospital after suffering a heart attack. Due to complications following the procedure,  Frank was admitted to the University of Chicago ICU.  Our dear Frank fought valiantly for over 4 weeks and, on January 8, decided it was time to move on. We all feel the giant void left by our inimitable Coach, brother, uncle, friend and teammate. On January 19, we submitted our final update for Coach Frank, and invite you to support us in helping carry out his mission to raise awareness and to chronicle the very important work of the NWBA through the Frank T Burns Heritage Fund. Information is posted below. God bless.


Newest Update

Journal entry by The Burns Family



Yesterday Frank went home to the parish of Christ the King on the South Side of Chicago where he grew up. His life was celebrated in a liturgy filled with prayers, music and remembrances of Frank. After the mass, friends and family gathered for a lunch and shared stories of Frank’s wondrous life. 


Over the past 38 days we have all had the opportunity to grow closer with each other and become a part Frank’s extended family from across the country.  


This will be the last time we will be posting on Frank’s Caring Bridge.  But we will not forget him. Though his life was cut short, he still leaves a legacy of friendship, love and helping others with disabilities and special needs.  


Before his death, Frank tirelessly worked to advance the mission of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association to create access to sport for people of all ages with disabilities. The Burns family is honored to join with the NWBA to forward Frank’s mission in life through The Frank T Burns Heritage Fund


Please join us in supporting Frank’s mission and consider a contribution to continue his legacy. (For more information see link below)


On behalf of the Burns family, we thank everyone for their kindness, love and support. We have all lost a very special person in our lives.

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