Supporters and Listeners of Michael Starchild's fundraising efforts over the last couple of months, sorry for such the long delay in updates, but I bring sad news: Mike passed away at the young sprite age of 72 just 1 month ago on May 7 due to a long 1 month intensive battle against interstitial lung disease (aka pulmonary fibrosis). He spent the last 2 weeks of his life in the ICU at Sutter Davis Hospital fighting for his life, but this was one battle that he was not able to conquer. Mike was a Bike legend known around the world, but most recently known to the communities of Davis, Truckee, and Ashland. His passion for bicycling and his love for keeping the world on human pedal powered mobiles will never be forgotten. Thank you all immensely for your support for Mike during his fight for his life, but the universe turned the wheels in another direction than we were hoping for. He couldn't have made it as long as he did if it wasn't for you and your support.
Please Join us in a celebration of his life this coming Saturday, June 7th from 12-5PM at The Bike People Bike Shop, 423 L st, Suite D, Davis, CA 95616. Bring a dish or drink to share, bring your stories about biking whether you knew Mike or not, and if you play music then bring your instruments as there will be an open mic. If you are unable to come celebrate with us, then the next time you set out for a bicycle ride think of Mike who devoted his life to spreading the joy of seeing the world through the wheels of his pedal powered mobile.
If you would like to help in other ways, you are still welcome to donate to this fundraising page as any and all donations will go to The Bike People Bike Shop to keep it alive in honor of Mike and his legendary presence as the bike mechanic who lovingly served the community of Davis and beyond. Kim, his loving partner, and Will, his apprentice, will continue to keep the bike shop open as long as customers keep coming servicing their bikes using the skills and knowledge that Mike taught them both over the many years of his commitment to putting old and used bikes safely back on the road.
Thank you and keep riding in the spirit of the Starchild Legend!
Mike in the ICU 2 days before he passed
Remembering the youthful spirit
His last time ever on a bike