Team Wasike

The Wasike Story

Mike Wasike, a God-fearing, legal immigrant from Kenya, was living in Des Moines and working two jobs to make his dream "” the American dream, "” come true for him and his family. Then on a cold and snowy day last February, Mike stopped to offer assistance to three teenagers he thought needed his help. Those same teenagers ruthlessly attacked Mike in a car-jacking attempt. Mike was nearly beaten to death.

Today Mike is in a rehabilitation facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, undergoing intensive therapy. He is more than 400 miles away from his wife, Joan; and children, Sandrah (13) and Melvin (4), who remain in Des Moines. He cannot walk, talk, or see. But we know he can hear and understand because he cried when his wife left him to come back to Iowa. His brain is severely bruised but there is hope that, in time, he can be restored to health and returned to his family and his home.

The need is great. This event will support the the Wasike family with medical and living expenses. 100% of the proceeds raised from the auction and freewill donations will support the Wasike family.

There are two ways you can support the Wasike family.

Donate right here.

Support A Day For Mike by attending or donating auction items.

All donations will be tax deductible.

(This includes auction items as well as monetary gifts. Note: Generally, donated services are not tax deductible. Please defer to your tax professional for final determination regarding tax deductibility of services.)

Event Information: A Day For Mike

Join the community for a family-friendly benefit auction to show the Wasikes just how big of a family they have in Des Moines!

November 17
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center- Iowa Events Center

· Live music from the Waukee Big Band
· Family fun entertainment
· Food provided
· Cash bar
· Live auction starts at 4 p.m.

Can't make the event but want to help? Learn more on how you can support the event at!

Event hosted by the Maple Grove United Methodist Church (UMC).

  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 84 mos
  • Janet Lemonds 
    • $100 
    • 87 mos
  • Mary Beth Craig 
    • $100 
    • 87 mos
  • Brad Simon 
    • $250 
    • 87 mos
    • $50 
    • 87 mos
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Jim Riordan 
Urbandale, IA
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