Michaels Final Farewell

                                                                                                       ~FINAL UPDATE~

Michael Walters was a phenomenal man and a true Patriot.  A Vietnam veteran who defeated cancer only a few weeks ago. Using only natural health techniques, a whole foods diet change and Bluebird Botanical CBDs under the supervision of an Integrated medicine Dr! Anyone who followed his health journey knows that was a huge mountain to climb and overcome.  His confidence and unshakeable faith through this time was a sight to behold. A real blessing to this family even though it would be short lived.

Michael was an inspiration to any who knew him, but especially to his beloved wife Vicki, grandchildren and four daughters  Michelle (Randy), Nicole, Shawna (Josh), and Theresa. YES : ) we said FOUR daughters, you could say in years past for Michael the struggle was real. His pure strength, determination and sheer joy for life will live on in all of them and all of the lives Michael has changed over the years.

Unfortunately Michael passed away unexpectedly late Friday evening on March 29th 2019, due to complications surrounding a heart attack and multiple strokes. Always a man to make a statement and advocate for his fellow Veterans this day also marked the 50th year anniversary of the Vietnam War and Vietnam Veterans Day.

 Anything helps in this time of mourning and reflection. This might include cooked meals, a note, a phone call to check in, stopping out to the farm for a quick hug or anything that might make this transition into life without Michael a little easier.

A way to bless this good and faithful servant, would be to attend a service at the Eastside Church in Hubbard MN. Tell them Big Mike sent you.  Please continue to keep Vicki and family in your prayers. Thank you for all the love and support over the last handful of month. It will never be forgotten. 

We will be having a complete Celebration of life will be May 10th at the Firefly Event Barn in Nevis, MN. There will be a memorial service starting shortly after 3pm followed by a celebration with laughs, good food, family and friends. Let us fill this space with memories of Michael that'll warm our hearts and lift our spirits. 

*The $3850 already donated is from the previous fund for his cancer recovery, anything over and above that will be used for Vicki and Memorial Funds. ~ God Bless

The Backstory  ~ 
Michael J. Walters served America from 1967-1971 with the unstoppable United States Navy. He enlisted at the young age of 19 and would later spend his 21st birthday on the rivers of Vietnam.  While deployed in Vietnam, he was on riverboats and part of the River Assault Squadron. Michael was a 50 caliber gunner  with the ATC (armed troop carrier) Tango 112-3. His riverboat received service awards and decorations while he was on-board. 

Operation Ranch Hand was a U.S. military operation during the Vietnam War, lasting from 1962 until 1971. Ranch Hand involved spraying an estimated 20 million U.S. gallons of defoliants and herbicides called Agent Orange over rural areas of South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in an attempt to deprive the Viet Cong  of food and vegetation cover.

He lost 2 sons at birth and has a daughter with Spina Bifida due to Agent Orange related complications.  Michael can recall being sprayed from planes flying overhead and soaked with Agent Orange which would later give him multiple health issues.

This Veteran has experienced PTSD, basal cell skin cancer requiring nasal reconstruction, hearing loss and Neuropathy, or nerve damage affecting his limbs causing pain and limiting his mobility . With uncharacteristic extreme fatigue and 50+ lbs of weight loss in only a few month span. Following a CT scan, he is now being told by an oncology team at the VA that they believe he may have Multiple Myeloma,  heart complications, prostate enlargement and nodules in the lungs. Further testing and more scans are being ordered to pinpoint the issues and start plans for treatment. 

Michael is married to Vicki (Bishop) Walters, the father of 4 daughters Michelle, Nicole, Shawna, Theresa and is a loving grandfather to 3 boys and a girl ranging in age of 5-14 yrs. 
(kids pictured in cover photo)

The Costs~
Michael is requiring Stem Cell treatments that can cost upwards of $16,000 just to get started. These treatments are not covered by his VA insurance even though they have helped thousands of people heal and be cured of the same health crisis Michael is experiencing. He will need your help with finances for the stem cells,  holistic treatments, travel & lodging costs. 

Taking Action and how YOU can Help~
Making a monetary donation you are comfortable with would be greatly appreciated and never forgotten.  

Please share the Go Fund Me link Moving Mountains w/ Michael Walters on your social media platforms, so others may have the opportunity to get inspired & be moved into action to help this cause.

Our family will be forever grateful to all of you reading this and deciding you can be a game changer for Michael!

We at team Too Blessed to be Stressed are working on a spaghetti dinner benefit to be held at the American Legion in Park Rapids, MN on August 31st 2018. Silent auction at 3pm with dinner from 4-7:30pm More info is posted on FB.
  • Thom and Jan Lokensgard  
    • $155 
    • 41 mos
  • Stephanie & Jordan Lokensgard 
    • $25 
    • 41 mos
  • Edmund Mansueto 
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
  • Sabrina Penney 
    • $200 
    • 41 mos
  • Robin Kriens 
    • $250 
    • 42 mos
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Fundraising team: Team Too Blessed to be Stressed (3)

Shawna Walters 
Raised $2,395 from 16 donations
Osage, MN
Vicki Walters 
Michael Walters 
Team member
Raised $400 from 4 donations