Our long-time friends from church, Mike and Niki Rogan, were driving to the hospital early this morning [4/17/2015] with their seven children, in anticipation of welcoming an eighth child into their beautiful family.
On the way, an oncoming car hit a deer which was thrown into the Rogans' vehicle. Mike did not survive the accident. Niki and the children survived with only minor injuries. Niki gave birth to their son, Blaise, hours after the accident.
Mike served as a corporal in the US Marine Corps and was promoted to sergeant while remaining on with the Reserves. He applied the motto, "Semper Fi" to all aspects of his life, faithfully serving God, country, and family. He was a small business owner, providing organic supplements to dairy farmers.
Niki is a stay-at-home mom and homeschools her children who range in age from newborn to 15 years, and is left with providing for her family aided by only a minimal life insurance policy.
Please help us reach out and support this family in this time of profound loss. Your donations will be used to buy a replacement vehicle, to pay for funeral and medical expenses, and to create a safety net for the future welfare of the family. All donations will be transferred directly to Niki.
If you have any questions about the family, this campaign, or to make donations by mail, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
You may also make donations by mailing checks in the name of Niki Rogan to:
PO Box 5132
Wausau, WI 54402-5132
Dominic and Cecilia Gruetzmacher
Wausau, WIMike's Obituary:http://www.rembsfh.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=476394#/obituaryInfoRogan's Church:http://www.institute-christ-king.org/wausau/Similar Story
Glenn Beck coverage -- also links to similar fatality of a Michael Draper from Texas. Michael also died in a traffic accident, just two days before Mike Rogan. His wife is also named Nikki. They also have eight children. There has been some confusion between the two fundraisers, but Michael Draper's case was posted before ours, it is legitimate, and you are encouraged to support it:https://www.facebook.com/GlennBeck/posts/10205254755466120
Primary News Coverage
WSAU Radio, Wausau, WI, Chris Conley commentary:http://wsau.com/podcasts/commentaries/44/commentary-42215/
Relevant Radio 4/22/2015 primetime coverage (12-minute interview and follow-up calls begin at 0:30 and continue through 24:00 of this audio file):http://relevantradio.streamguys.us/MA%20Archive/MA20150422c.mp3
WSAW TV news coverage (several videos):http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/GoFundMe-Page-for-Widowed-New-Mother-of-8-Reaches-Milestone-301161711.html
WSAW TV news coverage (several videos):http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Communty-Supports-as-Family-Celebrates-New-Life-and-Death-300730201.html
WSAW Van Donation coverage:http://www.wsaw.com/news/headlines/Family-Donates-New-Van-to-Fatal-Crash--300870711.html
WSAW TV original accident coverage:http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Morning-Crash-Causes-All-Lanes-to-Close-300267811.html
WAOW TV news coverage (several videos):http://www.waow.com/story/28828377/update-highway-closed-due-to-marathon-co-crash
Wausau Daily Herald news coverage: http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/local/2015/04/20/thousands-raised-for-stratford-crash-victim-michael-rogan-family/26070195/
Associated Press coverage:http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FATHER_KILLED_SON_BORN
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund's coverage:https://www.facebook.com/farmtoconsumerlegaldefensefund/photos/a.222037441142959.72196.161394613873909/1040252939321401Secondary News Coverage
Accident Data Center (dashboard) coverage:http://accidentdatacenter.com/us/wisconsin/wausau-rhinelander-wi/town-cleveland/15/04/17/michael-rogan-42-dies-while-bringing-pregnant-wife-hospital-after-deer-strikes-their-van-hwy-97
HML.be German translation of story:http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/960/Buitenland/article/detail/2293927/2015/04/21/Vader-sterft-in-crash-op-weg-naar-geboorte-achtste-kind.dhtml
Viva.co.id Indonesian translation of story:http://otomotif.news.viva.co.id/news/read/616683-mobil-ditimpa-rusa--suami-tewas-saat-antar-istri-melahirkan
National CBS coverage:http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-killed-driving-wife-to-hospital-for-birth-of-8th-kid/
National ABC coverage:http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/father-killed-crash-birth-8th-child-30457843
USA Today coverage:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/20/father-of-8-was-familys-hero/26100137/
New York Daily News coverage:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/father-killed-deer-crash-birth-8th-child-article-1.2192116
Demanjo (online national news) coverage:http://www.demanjo.com/news/world/1324827/father-killed-in-crash-on-the-way-to-birth-of-8th-child.html
Daily Mail UK coverage:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3047936/Devoted-father-former-marine-42-killed-rushing-pregnant-wife-hospital-birth-eighth-child-deer-crashed-car-windshield.html
The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia coverage:http://www.smh.com.au/world/father-killed-in-crash-on-the-way-to-birth-of-eighth-child-20150421-1mpo6r.html
WSBTV Atlanta, rebroadcasted on WGNTV Chicago coverage:http://wgntv.com/2015/04/22/wisconsin-father-of-8-killed-while-driving-pregnant-wife-to-hospital/
WLUK Fox 11, Green Bay, WI coverage:http://fox11online.com/2015/01/08/fox-11-jobs/
WWIS Radio, Black River Falls, WI coverage:http://www.wwisradio.com/news/10866-freak-accident-kills-father-of-eight
Antigo Daily Journal, front-page coverage:http://www.antigodailyjournal.com/index.php?ID=19968
WMTV News, Madison, WI coverage:http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Father-killed-in-crash-on-the-way-to-birth-of-8th-child-300664901.html
The Inquisitr coverage:https://www.facebook.com/theinquisitr/posts/10152973950024753
Church Militant (Catholic media) coverage:http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/widowed-mother-of-eight-needs-help
The Remnant (Catholic magazine) coverage:http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/1698-traditional-catholic-dad-killed-in-car-accident-driving-wife-to-deliver-8th-child
Fr. Z's Blog coverage:http://wdtprs.com/blog/2015/04/action-item-newly-widowed-mother-of-eight-please-help/
The Badger Catholic blog coverage:http://badgercatholic.blogspot.com/search?q=rogan
Beautiful Womanhood coverage:http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/uncategorized/fund-for-widowed-new-mother-of-8/
Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, WI coverage:http://hosted2.ap.org/WIEAU/d2ccb6c55bb549b287e32bed845fd969/Article_2015-04-21-US--Father%20Killed-Son%20Born/id-7300512208864b35ac819d7f26f4d5d2
Channel 3000 TV 3 Madison, WI coverage:http://www.channel3000.com/news/Father-killed-in-crash-on-the-way-to-birth-of-8th-child/32464158