Fund for Widowed New Mother of 8

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 roganfund@gmail.com.

You may also make donations by mailing checks in the name of Niki Rogan to:

        Rogan Fund
        PO Box 5132
        Wausau, WI 54402-5132

Dominic and Cecilia Gruetzmacher
Wausau, WI


Mike's Obituary:
http://www.rembsfh.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=476394#/obituaryInfo

Rogan'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.222037441142959.72196.161394613873909/1040252939321401

Secondary 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

Donations (0)

  • Mary Brennan  
    • $25 
    • 5 mos
  • joe sm 
    • $12 
    • 16 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $445 
    • 16 mos
  • Chantel Atwell 
    • $5 
    • 16 mos
  • Jess Doehrmann 
    • $50 
    • 16 mos

Organizer 

Niki Rogan 
Organizer
Wausau, WI
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