Friends of Mike Patterson Trust

$117,417 of $250k goal

Raised by 2,480 people in 42 months
Tonya Gordon Davis  ROME, GA
**100% OF FUNDS COLLECTED HERE WILL BE DONATED TO THE FRIENDS OF MIKE PATTERSON TRUST.** Michael Patterson, 43, of Rockmart, GA was critically injured Saturday, 06/08/13, as he saved the life of a 4-year-old Rockmart girl. The accident occurred at the Rockmart Dam near the Silver Comet Trail.

Michael was visiting the creek with his son when he heard the cry of a mother as she noticed her 4-year-old daughter, Javaeh Jones was in trouble. Javaeh was playing in the water when she waded into an area over her head and was swept away by the swift current of the creek.

Michael immediately dove in and rescued the child, striking his head during the dive and leaving him paralyzed with his neck broken in three places and a severed spinal cord. Patterson was floating face down in the water and unconscious approximately three minutes before anyone realized what had happened.
Bystanders pulled Michael from the water. He was not breathing when emergency crews arrived on the scene. Upon arrival, EMT's performed CPR on Michael and then transported him to Redmond Regional Medical Center.

Michael had just started a job two weeks prior to the incident, and he does not have insurance. We are trying to help his family raise money for this hero. For more information and updates, please visit the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofmikepatterson






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Update 9
Posted by Tonya Davis
41 months ago
ROME, GEORGIA USA, July 15, 2013 "” On July 14, 2013, the co-trustees of the Friends of Mike Patterson Trust met to discuss the Trust's fundraising efforts. It was the unanimous determination of the co-trustees that the Friends of Mike Patterson Trust should bring its fundraising efforts to an end.

After Mike's accident on June 8, 2013, the public rallied to aid Mike in his time of need. After Mike's passing on June 28, 2013, the public continued to give donations to the Trust for the purpose of paying Mike's funeral expenses and helping Mike's heirs.

With Mike's passing, the primary goal of the co-trustees became helping Mike's son, Cole. It is the unanimous opinion of the co-trustees that the Trust has secured the assets necessary to make a significant positive impact on Cole's journey to adulthood.

Each day, the co-trustees are reminded that there are an endless number of great causes seeking donations from benevolent givers, and there is a very limited supply of givers. We understand that we must strive to be good stewards of the goodwill of our community.

We are extremely appreciative for the outpouring of support from the public. Thank you for your support of Mike and his son. We will forever be grateful for the donations that you made to help ensure financial security for Mike, and in the aftermath of Mike's death, Cole.

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Friends of Mike Patterson Trust
210 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 205
Rome, Georgia 30161
USA
+1 (678) 883-8233
friendsofmikepatterson.com
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Update 8
Posted by Tonya Davis
41 months ago
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

(This has always been one of my favorite inspirational parables. The preacher read it at Mike's funeral this afternoon. Very apropos. Something for all of us to think about...)


While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water. He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean." The old man smiled, and said, "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, "It made a difference for that one."
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Update 7
Posted by Tonya Davis
41 months ago
This is THE ONLY APPROVED GoFundMe site for Mike Patterson, created by Friends of Mike Patterson Trust. Apparently, others have been created by copying our pictures & verbiage. THESE OTHERS ARE NOT APPROVED BY THE TRUST OR THE FAMILY! It breaks my heart to think that people are trying to take advantage of the kindness and generosity Mike Patterson inspired in others. So sad.
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Update 6
Posted by Tonya Davis
41 months ago

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Good Samaritan Mike Patterson Succumbed to His Injuries Early This Morning - Mike Patterson Passed With Family By His Side
by Friends Of Mike Patterson (Notes) on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:21am
ROME, GEORGIA USA, June 28, 2013 "” It is with great regret and sorrow we announce that good Samaritan, Mike Patterson, passed away early this morning, as confirmed by Brian Meadows, Mike's brother.

On June 8, 2013, Mike Patterson, age 43, severed his spinal cord after he dove into Euharlee Creek in Rockmart, Georgia to save a stranger's child from drowning. Mike was left paralyzed by his effort, and Mike's own son, age 9, witnessed the accident from the shoreline.

Since the accident, Mike has been in an intensive care unit in a Rome, Georgia hospital. In addition to paralysis, he has battled respiratory acidosis, pneumonia, a bacterial infection and a blood clot. With friends and family by his side daily-- and more than 60,000 people sending prayers, messages of hope and support through social media sites globally-- Mike fought hard for 20 days trying to overcome medical challenges.

After a valiant battle, Mike succumbed to his injuries and related complications early this morning. Mike's family was by his side at the time of his death.

Mike's spirit and selfless actions inspired tens of thousands who sent cards, letters and emails and engaged in posts at the Friends of Mike Patterson Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/Friendsofmikepatterson). His life and the lives of others are forever changed by his courageous, split-second decision to save another's life. Mike's tragic story made news headlines around the globe. His heroic act stirred an outpouring of emotion and a desire to help Mike in his time of need. His caring nature will forever be honored.

At this time, funeral or any other arrangements are not known. The Friends of Mike Patterson Trust will post additional information as it becomes available. Please keep Mike's family and friends in your prayers.

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Friends of Mike Patterson Trust
210 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 205
Rome, Georgia 30161
USA
+1 (678) 883-8233
friendsofmikepatterson.com
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