Fund to Bring Mikey Camiso Home

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Our beautiful, brilliant, funny, kind brother was a disabled veteran. He suffered from a brain injury sustained while serving his country, and as a result, he struggled with mental illness & depression. The one thing that truly made him happy was being outside, in nature.

Mikey died tragically while hiking the Appalachian trail. He drowned trying to cross the Kennebec River in Maine, not far from the trail’s end. His body was discovered yesterday by the authorities in Maine. We need to bring our brother home to lay him to rest. Unfortunately, we have learned that the cost to do so is very expensive. The costs that we have been quoted have been unexpected. 

Please, in lieu of flowers or condolences, please donate whatever you can. We need to raise money to bring Mikey home. Anything that you can give would be greatly appreciated. If you can share Mikey’s story, it would be so helpful. Any funds that may remain after covering the cost of bringing Mikey home will be donated to The Soldiers Project.

Thank you all for your outpouring of love and support. We are grateful. R.I.P. to our baby brother, beautiful blue eyes, beautiful sunshine. Gone far too soon. Our hearts are broken. 

The Camiso Family
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My family wants to thank everyone for their generosity, support and condolences. We are truly amazed by the outpouring of kindness. To update everyone whose efforts have helped make it possible for us to arrange for my brother to come home and be laid to rest, we are still awaiting his homecoming from Maine. Given the holiday weekend, things have been delayed. While funeral services will be private, once my brother is home, the family will arrange a memorial service for his friends and loved ones. In the meantime, we are ending the donations page, and ask that you consider making a direct donation to The Soldiers Project, in Michael’s memory. Thank you once more for all of your support and assistance in bringing my brother home, and helping us lay him to rest. Love & blessings.

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I am speechless. My family is so incredibly touched and humbled by the massive outpouring of love, kindness and generosity in support of bringing my brother, Mikey home and laying him to rest. There are no words to describe how deeply grateful we are. We have exceeded our goal, but will leave the page open in Mikey’s honor. Any and all additional donations will be given to The Soldiers Project, in the hopes that we might help other veterans struggling with depression and mental illness. Thank you is truly not enough. Love & Blessings from the Camiso Family.
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I cannot begin to express how grateful our entire family is for the continued outpouring of love and support that we have received at this difficult time. We have raised $1,185.00 so far to bring Mikey home. Thanks to the support, love and generosity of all of our friends and neighbors, we are hopeful that we will be able to honor Mikey properly and lay him to rest at home, where he belongs.

My brother, Michael Camiso, was truly beloved. “Camiso” to his brothers & sisters in arms, “Meech” or “Meesh” to many of his friends, “happy smack” to some of his nieces, “Uncle Mike” to his loving nephew, “Mikey” to his elder siblings and family. There are no words to express how priceless your love and memories of Mikey are to us. As a baby, he shined like a bright beacon of light, with his blond hair, blue eyes, and ever sunny disposition. And so as a child, and forever to us he will be remembered as “beautiful blue eyes, beautiful sunshine.” Your words, memories and in some cases treasured photos have brought joyful memories of a happy young man. We treaure these memories. Thank you.

We decided on transparency in telling Mikey’s story, because there is so much stigma for all veterans who struggle with depression and mental illness. Likewise for victims of brain injury. These diseases often go undiagnosed for many years. It is a long, hard, and often tragic journey. We hope that by telling Mikey’s story, it will kickstart a candid discussion about how to help, how to make a change. We also felt that Mikey’s friends and loved ones deserved to know what happened. It is terrible to lose such a special person, so very young, and never understand why.

I am re-posting Mikey’s story and GoFundMe page, for the benefit of so many who loved him and have not yet learned of his passing. There is a “read more” section beneath Mikey’s photos, for those who would like to know more. If we raise more money than necessary to bring my brother home and lay him to rest, the remainder of the proceeds will be donated to The Soldiers Project, an organization that provides free help and support to our veterans suffering from mental health issues. “Let’s change the conversation.”
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