As we go about our daily business, every now and then we catch a glimpse of some people so strong, so dedicated and so talented; we must ensure their
stories are told.
This one is about a young man and his loving family.
Every day, life throws twists and turns at us -- and every day we try to survive. Some days the challenges consume us -- some days we rise above. But when we stop to reflect and understand we often conclude how lucky we are. I am very lucky to know this young man named Michael.
Ever have a guy cut you off on your drive to work and get angry? Ever struggle with missing your ride to work and being frustrated as you rush your way there? Ever feel overwhelmed knowing you’re falling behind financially? Ever feel so angry that a loved one passed away or got a serious disease? Ever feel lost in your life and not understand why you’re here? If you have: Michael’s story is for you.
He's had every one of these challenges and many, many more. His ambitious, positive nature and his unending commitment and energy to helping the youth of our communities provide a shining light for us all. He needs our support and his campaign is meant to help him and his family.
Michael has recently suffered severe blows -- things that are so debilitating most of us couldn't cope. He's lost a father, a grandmother and survived one of the largest natural disasters ever recorded in North America -- and that's only in the last week. Amazingly, he's only getting stronger but we need to help him.
Flooding after Hurricane Harvey near Michaels family's house in Texas. Luckily they were spared, but all routes out of the neighborhood were blocked.
This Go Fund Me page has been created for his ministry – All Access . For almost 10 years he has dedicated his time in speaking to thousands of youth across Canada. Most likely each one of you has seen his powerful message at least once. His story has grown immensely and these recent events are yet another chapter with a new beginning for him and his family. Let’s all become a part of that.
As you may know, Michael earns a living by speaking to communities of youth, parents and teachers, thereby facilitating a new kind of dialogue. With the death of his grandmother on Aug 23 he travelled to Houston, Texas and was met with a category 4 hurricane in progress. After speaking at his Grandmother’s funeral, Michael and his dad were stranded in a small town for the next few days. One of mornings Michael jumped out of bed because his father was shouting for help. His dad had suffered a medical emergency and was airlifted by the Coast Guard air-ambulance (they were surrounded by flood waters) to Galveston where this amazing man, his father and mentor, passed away at 9:36pm August 30th. In the relatively short time due to Michael being stranded in Houston, he's been forced to cancel a number of key start-of-school year events and subsequently lost over $10,000 in revenue.
Michael took this picture after he and his dad Billy were picked up US Coast Guard to get Billy to the hospital in Galveston TX, all roads were closed due to flooding
Michael will be met with his family soon to honor his father's life, and from there will be returning to Calgary to continue the mission of All Access .
Billy enjoying some time with Simon and Hannah, Michael's children
If you wish to help support Michael and his family and help relieve some of the short term financial pressure we welcome your gift.
(This campaign was initiated by close supporters of Michael and his ministry - Joe Klassen, Dave Cichon, Jim Jarrell and Trevor Nimegeers)
- Paula and Lee Ettinger
- Jaisy Joseph
- Jennifer Garcia
- Finley-Gonzalez Family
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