Friends of mine, friends and family of Officer Mike Conrad, and Columbia community members:
My wife, Ashlee, and I moved to Columbia in 2005 not knowing anyone in Columbia. We took a chance and it's worked out really well. Columbia is simply a fabulous small town. We have met a lot of great people while we have been here through my teaching and coaching at Columbia High School along with all of the fantastic events this community puts on.
One of those really great people is Officer Mike Conrad. He has been my neighbor for the last 9.5 years. He is just one of those guys who would basically give you the shirt off his back if you asked for it. Mike and I have talked sports, carried very heavy items in and out of both of our houses, spread mulch, and sat in our driveways on nice summer and fall nights, etc. He is the best neighbor anyone could have. After meeting Mike and getting to know him better over the years - I understand he also acts the same exact way in the community. He has lived in Columbia his entire life and has given so much to the community. He is an active member of the ICS church and school. He is also a very well respected police officer in town. All of the police and fire department members I talked to describe him as "caring, by the book, organized, committed, loves his hometown, would do anything for you, and is the ideal community member."
Well, sometimes life is unfair. As Mike told me the other day, "life has dealt me a bad poker hand and I'm going to fight like heck to get through it". Unfortunately, Mike was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. However, cancer doesn't know the fight, it just got into Mike "Muscles" Conrad. With your help, I also don't think cancer knows what type of fight it got into with the great community of Columbia either.
I'm hoping you can come out and support Mike on November 8th at Immaculate Conception School. Both the 8th grade girls and boys basketball from ICS will be playing the Columbia Middle School teams. I think this is a great opportunity for this small town to support one of their life long community members, a tremendous police officer, loyal church and school member, and my great friend and neighbor - Mike Conrad.
If you can't make the game - I have also set-up a GoFundMe to help Mike offset the costs of his cancer treatments. Please consider giving whatever you can to support Mike. We will also have a basketball shooting contest and 50/50 at the basketball games on November 8th.