Running for Prevention: The Matt Breman Legacy


Matt Breman’s story is one of heartfelt dedication and a strong desire to make a positive impact on children’s lives.

Matt Breman, a proud native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and an alumnus of Elmhurst High School, embarked on a journey fueled by his desire to serve and uplift others. After graduating from Wabash College in 1990, where he was a member of Sigma Chi, Matt pursued his passion for excellence by earning his juris doctorate in Law from Notre Dame in 1993. Joining the law firm of Krieg DeVault in Indianapolis, Matt specialized in business litigation and employment law, making meaningful contributions to his field.

Amidst his thriving career, Matt’s life took a remarkable turn when he met Rhonda Yoder, the love of his life. Rhonda, adventurous and spirited like Matt, shared his love for running and children deeply. Described by Rhonda as warm and gregarious, Matt’s infectious personality endeared him to everyone he met. Their union in 2000, followed by the births of their children, Jack and Elizabeth, brought boundless joy and fulfillment to their lives. Together, they treasured family moments, often enjoying long strolls along the Monon Trail with their children.

Matt’s compassion extended beyond his family to his involvement with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana. Introduced to the organization in 1997 by a colleague, he quickly aligned himself with its mission to protect and nurture Indiana’s children. Matt’s dedication led him to join the board and serve as its President in 2003. Tragically, Matt’s life was cut short, leaving behind his beloved family and a legacy of compassion for children’s welfare.

In 2006, Krieg DeVault initiated the Matt Breman Run in honor of Matt’s impact on Prevent Child Abuse Indiana. This annual event, now in its 18th year, continues to honor Matt’s dedication to ensuring every child experiences a safe and nurturing childhood. Today, Matt’s family proudly carries on his legacy. Rhonda Yoder Breman serves as the Chair of the Prevent Child Abuse Indiana Advisory Committee, while Matt’s niece, Brittany Todd, contributes as a member of the committee. Fondly remembered as “the fun uncle” who brought joy to every family gathering, Matt’s spirit lives on through the efforts of his loved ones and supporters.

As we gather to honor Matt’s memory and carry forward his legacy of love and advocacy for children, we invite you to join us at the 18th Annual Matt Breman Run on Saturday, April 20th, along the scenic Indianapolis Canal, starting and ending at Military Park. Together, let us continue Matt’s mission of building brighter futures for all Hoosier children.

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