Mike Pittman

We all come into the world with a purpose; for Michael Pittman his purpose was to beat the odds and live life to its fullest, despite the medical obstacles he faced. Mike enjoyed going to the desert, fishing, riding his bike, and playing soccer and softball, among many other things. Mike was born with a genetic condition, Cystic Fibrosis, with its’ predetermined fate. Due to the deterioration of his lungs, Mike was put on the transplant list in November of 2011. He received his call for his transplant on February 12th of 2012. It’s reported that people with CF who receive a double lung transplant have a 50% success rate after 5 years. Mike was healthy and made it to the 6-year mark with the lungs that were gifted on February 13th, 2012.

Mike grew up in San Marcos and Escondido, California. His parents, Ray and Sherry, encouraged his active lifestyle alongside his younger brother Corey. Together they enjoyed the sport of soccer. Corey also had Cystic Fibrosis and lost his battle early on in his life. Mike didn’t allow this tragic experience to bring him down, he persevered.

Mike and Jess met at work and started dating in 2001, when he was in his late 20’s. They got married on August 14th, 2004. During this time, he experienced bouts of illness with Jessica always by his side. In 2009 they welcomed their twins, Makenna and Kennedy. Mike always aspired to be a stay at home dad. He was given the opportunity in 2012 and took full advantage of the time he had with his two girls.

Mike loved watching the girls grow up and flourish both academically and in the activities they enjoy. He couldn’t do their hair or nails or teach them how to walk in heels but taught them how to ride bikes, fish, snowboard, and skateboard. He took them to playdates, the park, to after school activities and so much more. He exposed them to many hobbies most girls would not find fun. Mike excelled in instilling the excitement to try new things.

He couldn’t wait to see the girls play soccer. You’d think his love for the sport was in their blood. He enjoyed coaching them and oftentimes you could find him off the field, enhancing their skills.

He was always up for new things, like bleaching his hair, shooting firecrackers out of his butt, and watching YouTube videos to learn new things to be able to expose the girls to more opportunities. Mike instilled giving back to others through fundraising and supporting the CF Foundation.

Throughout his short time on this earth, Mike was able to explore and do things that most Cystic Fibrosis patients couldn’t ever imagine doing. He lived life to the fullest and made sure every day counted.

In 2015 Mike began a new battle. He was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Cancer. Mike fought long and hard to try to win the battle to be able to continue to live the life he always dreamed about for his family. After enduring many treatments, surgeries and procedures, he unexpectantly succumbed due to complications brought on by the re-occurrence of the cancer on March 4th, 2018 surrounded by family.

His legacy will continue to live on. He had dreams for his girls to continue to play competitive soccer, to go on family vacations, to excel in school, to go to college and forever make him proud. His wife and daughters will continue to fundraise and contribute to their community in his memory.

The funds raised will benefit the Pittman family by helping with arrangements and unforeseen expenses due to the sudden loss of a courageous husband, devoted father and caring son. We appreciate your contributions and caring nature.

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Karisa Cunningham 
Vista, CA
Jessica Pittman 
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