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Petitioning President and CEO, Key Bank Beth Mooney and 3 others
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President and CEO, Key Bank
Beth Mooney
Key Bank
David Reavis
Key Bank
Marylee Gotch
Key Bank
Lynn Woodman

Key Bank: Stop forcing my family to pay my dead brother's student loans

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On June 17, 2004, my brother Christopher Bryski sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in a tragic accident. He remained in a persistent vegetative state for two years before passing away on July 16, 2006. That's when the calls began.

You see, our dad cosigned Christopher's private student loans with Key Bank. When Christopher died, Key Bank came after my dad to get their money back. Our dad has had to come out of retirement to make the monthly payments. When Christopher died, my family didn't just lose a loved one -- we inherited debt for an education that will never be used.

Key Bank's action's are dramatically out of step with the status quo. The federal government and even large private student lenders like Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo all forgive student loans once the borrower dies. But over the years, Key Bank has ignored our calls to take this humane step.

In the years since Christopher's death, my family has tried to keep others from facing what we have. We've worked with members of Congress to pass "Christopher's Law," which would make sure student borrowers and their families know exactly what could happen if they die or become disabled, and we've started a website about our efforts to get Christopher's Law passed (http://chrisbryski.blogspot.com).

This work has been meaningful and important. But it doesn't change the fact that every month we're reminded of my brother's death in the worst way every time dad puts a check in the mail to a heartless bank. That's why I'm asking Key Bank to relieve my family of this terrible burden and discharge my brother Christopher's student loan debt.

Thank you,
 
Ryan Bryski and Family
U.S. Air Force Veteran


Letter to
President and CEO, Key Bank Beth Mooney
Key Bank David Reavis
Key Bank Marylee Gotch
and 1 other
Key Bank Lynn Woodman
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Key Bank.

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Dear Beth Mooney,

I'm horrified at your bank's ghoulish practice of hounding a dead student's family for repayment of student loans he'll never get a chance to use.

Your actions are dramatically out of step with the status quo. The federal government and even large private student lenders like Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo all forgive student loans once the borrower dies. So why won't Key Bank?

I'm calling on you to do the only humane thing -- let this family take a break from confronting the loss of their son and brother. I stand with the Bryski family and decent people everywhere in demanding that you discharge Chris Bryski's student loan debt today.

Sincerely,