Michael’s Story


 

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Five years ago, Michael contracted a serious bacterial infection that left him in a coma and eventually caused oxygen deprivation to all four limbs.  As a last resort, the hospital was forced to amputate.  The seven months that followed  were a maze of doctor’s visits and physical therapy.  Yet even the long recovery process couldn’t dampen Michael’s smile or sense of humor.  He always remained positive and his strength pulled not only him, but his family and friends through that time.422499_3225293357591_1372179698_n

Michael is now in seventh grade.  He plays lacrosse on his middle school team and has scored multiple goals this season.  However, his greatest accomplishment may be his indomitable spirit.  He is truly an inspiration to all that know him.

 

61 Comments on “Michael’s Story

  1. Hey there, You have done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and in my view suggest to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

    • Michael, you are an inspiration to all human beings. Each of us encounters pain and suffering which is a natural and unavoidable part of life. It seems unfair that some of us are forced to endure a disproportionate share of these aspects of life. The fact that you have triumphed over extreme hardship and maintained a wonderful inward spirit is clear. I’m old enough to be grandmother and yet your story lifted me up by confirming the resilience, strength, and beauty of the human spirit. Even though you are reaching out to help the Boston bomb victims, you are also helping many more of us who are just trying to cope with life. Your story has helped to renew my faith, and for that I am grateful.

    • HEY, I JUST HAPPENED TO SEE YOUR CAUSE ON CNN. I CONTRIBUTED WHAT I COULD.
      NEVER CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK. MY MOTHER HASNT BEEN ABLE TO WALK EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE BECAUSE OF POLIO. SHE CAME DOWN WITH IT IN 1954. I AM THE YOUNGEST OF HER 3 SONS. THE ONLY THING SHE CANT DO IS WALK. ONE THING YOU TWO HAVE IN COMMON IS LAST YEAR SHE CAME DOWN WITH SEPTIC SHOCK AND ALMOST DIED, BUT SHE HAD THE RIGHT SURGEON , AND SHES ALMOST FULLY RECOVERED. THIS IS NOT ABOUT US , ITS ABOUT YOU, FORTUNATELY YOU HAVE A OLDER BROTHER WHO APPEARS TO CARE ABOUT YOU DEEPLY AS I DO
      ABOUT MY MOM, SO JUST KNOW IF SHE CAN HANDLE THIS FOR ALMOST 55 YEARS AT ALMOST 80, YOU CAN AS WELL. NEXT YEAR I WILL CHECK UP AND SEE HOW WELL YOU DID

    • hey man, i’m amased of your sperate!!! i saw your story on cnn.
      i will be adding to the fund–have fun with your sports !!! between you and your brother, my eyes watter up. keep up the great work !!! i’m from massachusetts 4 miles from boston- i live in matyland now–take care and good luck !!

  2. Hi there! I accidentally found this on imgur after following a link on reddit. Have you posted this on Reddit? DO IT! And let me know! seriously. this is amazing. You are an amazing brother/friend, and he to you as well :)

    • I posted on Reddit very early on, and it crashed and burned. Someone else’s post did much better, and I don’t really care about the karma so I don’t mind if it was someone who got it.

      • Imgur loves you<3 You are doing an amazing thing. Keep it up.. This world needs more people like you!

  3. Today is a great day. My 1 year anniversary, then I jump on Imgur.com and you are the first post I get to read about. God, I love this world and am bless you guys are making a difference. You guys are wonderful! Thank you for being you! Imgurian Out~ * inserts picture of giraffe flying away on a rocketship attached to a bear riding on the back of a whale while being pulled by Moon-Moon the wolf.

    • Ahh Moon Moon… the mikeysrun.com team has quite a few native Imgurians on it ;) Thanks for the support!

      • Hi Mikey, I just read ur story on the news website. I just wanted to tell u how amazing u are. Best of luck with everything that u do. Stay positive and always Keep smiling u light our world up with that smile.

  4. I came across this on imgur. Being on the other side of the world, it’s heartbreaking to see something like the Boston bombing unfold and being powerless to help. I suppose this is my chance to change that. You’re one hell of a guy, Harris, and so’s your brother for that matter!

  5. Read your story in the Sun Sentinel this morning, so I looked for your website.

    When I looked at the picture in the paper, my eyes were drawn to the bright, happy look on Michael’s face and the apparent love between two brothers. I didn’t even notice the prosthetics until I read the story. You brothers are an inspiration at a time when we need to know that lots of good things also happen in this world, in the midst of some tragedies.

    I am happy to contribute to your efforts to help victims of the Boston bombing. Best wishes for great success in this campaign. By the way, your web site is awesome!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement, it means a lot! If you are so inclined share it to your friends to help get the word out :)

      P.S. my tech director is glad that you like his site :D

  6. TRULY INSPIRATIONAL!!!
    Thank you for your courage and bravery in sharing your touching story. I sure do hope my 4 year old son one day grows up to possess such a positive outlook, resilience and compassion.

    This mission you two are on is incredibly commendable. The bond of brotherhood at its best!

    Count on the ‘Giving Back’ mission of Fairy Tale Accessories to support this amazing cause!

    Can’t wait to celebrate with you when you hit your goal of $1,000,000.00!!!

    PEACE & LOVE :)

  7. I came across your website on BuzzFeed and was instantly moved by your story. I was happy to donated what I could to your charity. I just wanted to say that the world is truly in a better place because you are in it Michael. You and your family are an inspiration to me and all who are lucky enough to get to hear your story and see what you’ve been able to achieve. You make me want to be a better person Michael, and for that I thank you. God bless you and your family and good luck with this wonderful charity.

  8. You are an inspiration. I just saw your story on HLN Morning Express. I plan on donating and passing this site on to my friends. I can’t even imagine how proud your family is. Good luck! :)

  9. I was watching CNN this morning when I came across Michaels story. I then thought how familiar he looks and went online. Yes, I knew Mikey and his courageous family while I was working as a Peds RN at JDCH. I remember when you first came to the hospital and the long road to recovery you endured. I am so proud to find how you turned tragedy into triumph! God Bless your beautiful soul and your family. Please continue to inspire the world.

    With Love,
    Peds Nurse

  10. You both are truly an inspiration to the good and positive American Spirit, $3000 since yesterday!!! I will post far and wide to help you achieve your goal. God bless you both, keep on keeping on boys***

  11. I saw your story on CNN. I was inspired by not only Mikey’s resilience and beautiful energy, but also the loving relationship between you two as brothers. I’ve made my donation and look forward to seeing all the good you continue to create. Keep it up.

  12. The God who healed you will take you from glory to glory and from strength to strength.You are born to win,a big supper star.May God keep you and continue to protect you & your family.

  13. Michael and Harris:

    Your plan to raise funds to help people from the Boston bombing is truly an amazing and inspiring goal. I wish you the best of luck in this endeavour.

    Bless you both; you have done your parents proud. Your generous spirit is amazing.. you are a credit to your family and country.

  14. Saw you and your brother on CNN this morning. Both of you are an inspiration beyond words. I will donate this morning.

  15. Here is a note from children and parents in Dartmouth Massachusetts. We applaud you for your strength, community spirit and kindness. You have overcome much, and what you and your brother and friends are taking the time to do for our state of Massachusetts and for people throughout our country and world is wonderful! Good Luck in your efforts, we’re all cheering you on! Thank you for your caring.

  16. You and your brother are a true inspiration to the world. Rock on!

  17. Mikey, I have four sons. Gabe and Noah are 8, Sasha is 13 and Max is 15. Sasha plays defense and middie in Palm Beach Gardens Gators and Storm Lax. Your story went straight to my heart. I am sending your link to many of my friends here, as well as in Europe – hopefully they will support you and Harris as well! Hope to meet you on the fields :)

  18. You are awesome, thank you so much for doing this!

  19. Hello Mikael, my name is Charlotte, I am 13 years old.
    I come from France. I go to middl school : College Of Mollieres.
    I want to say good luck for the project, you made an enormous effort for the victims ( with your brother : Harris ).
    You are courageous and generous :) . WELL DONE !!!

  20. Hello,
    my name is Manon Gallardo. I from Les Essart Le Roi, in France. My school is Collège Les Molières.
    We learnt about your story in the English class, you are really courageous, you manage in a sport !!!!! =) WHAOU !!!!!!
    Support the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, it’s truly amazing !!!! !!!!! !!!! !!!!
    GOOD LUCK ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    =) xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
    tchou !!! :)

  21. Hello Mikey ! How are you ?
    My name is Evane,I’am 13 years old, I live in Les Essarts-le-Roi, in France and my school is the College les Molières. I’m in seventh-grade and my teacher is Mme Marfaing.
    We have visited you blog Mikeysrun.com and we have spoken about you in our class. We are sorry for you and we want to encourage you. You are very courageous. Bravo! :)

    Bye Bye

  22. Hello Michael, I am Quentin from College les Molieres in France . In my class,we will support for you the project on your website to help the victims of the Marathon Boston Bombing. You are courageous and generous to help the victims.

    Good luck and Goodbye !!!

    Quentin

  23. Hello, my name is Mëlysse Herve. I’m French.I’m in middle school.I’m a 7th grader. You are couragous and generous.You’re luky to have a brother who cares for you.

    good bye

  24. Hello Michael , My name is Lucia Chausson , I am 13 years old . I com from France , I live in Levis St Nom . I go to Middle School in Collège of Molières , I am in seventh-grade ! I want to say , good luck for you and H arris ! You are very courageous and You are very strong !!:)

    Bye-Bye! :p

  25. Hello Mickael, my name is Océane Baillau, and I’m 13 years old. I live in le PERRAY-EN-YVELINES. I’m from Collège les Molières. We saw your site, we are wholeheartedly.
    Bye, Bye.fr

  26. Hi Michael and Harris!
    I’m morgane, from Collège les Molières, in France. You are very courageous to do everything you do, like running at the Boston Marathon 2014; and your story is very moving. I’m a seventh grader too, and with my English class, we support your cause at 100%!
    Good luck for your project!

  27. Hello Mikey . I am Mara Alves Gomes , I am 13 years old . I come from France , les essarts-le-roi . I go to middle school ,” 7th grade” in les Molieres . With my class we learn your story . Your website is very good for the Boston marathon bombing . Bravo pour ton parcour .
    Good Luck . Kiss xxx

  28. Hey Mikey ! Hey Harris ! I’m Cécile Tillière from France , in College les Molières . I think you are very courageous.
    very very Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!
    We NEED people like you !
    You are a good example you and your brother :D
    XOXO

  29. Hello Mikey

    I’am Romain Patureau I’am 13 years old. I’am from le college les molieres ! We have spokes about you in our English class. bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Hello ! My name is Johan Chevreau and I’m from France. I’m in College les molieres. You are so courageous Michael ! And I support you Harris ! We spoke about you in the class. You support the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing and it’s so good !

    Goodbye and good luck for the marathon :)

  31. Hello Michael and Harris!:-)
    my name is Marie and I am 12 yaers old. I am Franch. I go to middle school (Collège les Molières)in 7th grad. I know what happened to you. Your web is very good.
    Good luck for the future.

  32. Hello Michael !
    I’m Audrey CARLET from Collège les Molières, Essarts-le-Roi, France. I’m 13 years old and I’m a girl. You are so courageous ! We spoke about you in our class. Your story is very sad…
    Your website is very good, the subjects are interresting… The website is just good.
    I’m sorry for my bad English !
    Have a good day !
    Kiss xx

  33. Hello , my name is Antoine GUIGNARD , I hope yow will $ 1,000,000 million dollars . I am 12 years old . I live in Essart-Le-Roi . I am boy .

  34. Hi Michael,
    I’m the correspondent of Jack, Fabien, as you said on the CNN TV news,
    nothing is impossible because you can practice sports despite your handicap.
    I encourage you to continue. I support your cause.

  35. Hello Michael, my name is Thelma I am one of your French penpal. I wanted to write you a message because I like the project you’re doing to help amputees of Boston bombing marathon. Know that I support and I encourage you to continue.

  36. Heloo Mickaeland Harris,
    I’m Marie, I’m a corresponding with the class of Mickael.
    You are amazing, I admire what you have done.
    Good luck !

  37. Hello
    It’s Elise, I’m a correspondent of the college les Molière.
    Your website is a good idea, to help the victims too.
    Continue to help other people.
    Bye

  38. Hi !
    I’m Manon, the penpal of Tara.
    Congratulations for your charity association. I visited your website that describes the events in Boston. I hope that a lot of people will support your initiative as well as I do. I wish you corrage and I sand you my kindest regards.

  39. Hi! It’s Eva. I’m the penpal of Shaynah!
    Congratulations to your brother and you for your charity!
    You have done a fantastic job and I hope you will continue!
    Bye and good luck!

    • Bonjour des US. Ca fait chaud au coeur de voir les encouragements du College Les Molieres. Quand j’ai vu l’interview de Mickey et Harris sur CNN, j’ai immediatement reagi et j’ai envoye le link a de nombreux amis en France. Pour moi, c’est un example qui illustre la jeunesse americaine. J’ai immigre il y a vingt ans et j’y eleve mes quatre fils avec bonheur. Que vous fassiez echo a ces deux Grands est un honneur, et j’espere que d’autres adolescents vous suivront en Europe. Comme on dit ici, Kudos to your English Teacher. En esperant que vous arriverez aussi a convaincre les adultes :)

  40. dear michael and harris
    hello my name is Anabelle I’m telling you to continue
    and congratulate you, for your courage.
    good bye and I wish you the best.

  41. Hello !
    My name is Thomas and I’m French.
    I go to “Les Molières” Middle School in les Essarts le Roi.
    You are a generous boy and you are doing a good job.
    You are very brave !
    Good luck :)

  42. HELLO MICHAEL

    I am Erwan from France . My school is le Collège les Molières . I am 13 years old
    I am a boy . We spoke about you int class.
    Good luck for you cause. AU REVOIR :)

  43. Hello Mikey and Harris,my name is Alexandre I live in Essarts-le-Roi.My class and Iare in the Collège les Molières,we are in 5E.
    Good luck.
    X bye bye.

  44. hi,mikey

    I heard about your story a few days ago, and I’ve been very impressed about your courage ! you gave us a life lecture and wish you the best for your initiative to help Boston victims.GOOD LUCK! Antoine

  45. Hello,my name is Paul.I’m 13 years old.I’m a correspondent of your class.I think you are a very courageous. You have done a good job.Continue like this. Good luck.Paul

  46. Hello Micheal it’s Lauryne from France, we correspond with your class. I read your story and it’s very moving. It’s a beautiful website and I like the colors of the website ( white and green).
    I encourage you .
    Bye Bye

  47. Hello Michael,
    I’m Alice, I’m in the class of your correspondents, we worked on your story.
    We have studied your website. I think that’s is a beautiful website and it’s a good idea.
    Good luck for your project.

    Alice.

  48. Hello Micheal!

    I’m Coline Mahé I’m in the class of your French correspondents.
    Congratulations for you charity and I hope you will collect a lot of money

    Bye,Bye

  49. Hello Michael, how are you ? My name is Hugo, I’m 13 years old,I from the College les Molieres in France. I would like to encourage you for your objective. Bye!

  50. Hello,
    It is Océane a correspondant of Collège les Molieres in France. Your website is a very good idea.WELL DONE. continue to help the people.
    Bye, see you later

  51. Hello Michael and Harris my name is Estelle Denis.
    I’m 12 years old. I’m French. I am from the Perray en Yvelines.
    A little message to wish you Good luck for your charity and I hope that you will collect mony funds
    BYE !!

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