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Lets help Mike Vicens & his family!

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Raised by 479 people in 17 months
Created March 16, 2018
My name is Manuel Baez and I'm a close friend of Mike & Katgie Vicens. I've started this GoFund Me campaign on their behalf during this difficult time for them. Mike is a truly strong person and athlete and we have no doubt that he will recover. He needs time to rest and heal. Through this campaign we hope that everyone that knows him or can understand the situation that he and his family are going through, help raise enough funds, so that Mike can be at ease knowing that his family is going to be well cared for during his recovery and that he need not worry about any crazy medical expenses. 

This is the story of the incident as related by his close friend and witness to the accident, Carson...

" Mike Vicens was recently involved in a life threatening accident. He was assisting with his jet ski in a film production in Rincon, Puerto Rico on March 11, 2018. The stunt involved 2 jet skis and 2 actors. Both actors were to wear a harness with a very large bungie cord shackled to the back of each others harnesses. The actors were operating the jet skis solo. They were going to speed away in opposite directions until the bungie cord stretched out and eventually pulled them off the jet ski. After a short dialogue, both actors at the same time throttled the jet skis speeding away from each other and, as the bungie cord stretched to the max, it snapped from the harness off one of the actors and struck Mike in the head at full velocity! We immediately pulled Mike from the water and started assessing his wounds. He had a large laceration on his right ear and was bleeding profusely. It almost cut his ear off. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Mayagüez and received stitches to his ear. Then a CT scan on his head revealed 2 cracks in his cranium and bleeding on the brain. He was medivac by helicopter to Centro Medico in San Juan and under went emergency brain surgery. The surgeon cut open his cranium and released the pressure then put a metal plate on his skull and stapled his scalp back together. He is now recuperating with his wife Katgie who has been unbelievably strong and supportive during all this turmoil. They have two beautiful children, 1yr old son Enzo, and 9yr old daughter Marley. He is an Air Traffic controller by profession, one of the highest ranked stress jobs, working at Borinquen airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. His profession is very strict against head traumas and injuries which could unfortunately harm his job. He lives a very active lifestyle and had recently moved from San Juan, PR, working in the San Juan airport tower, to Aguadilla airport tower. During the transition he had not reinstated his insurance, therefore, he has no insurance to cover the medical bills or compensation benefits for the months ahead without being able to work and support his family. His family asks if you can please help out in supporting him while he is recovering and rehabbing by donating any amount you feel comfortable with. "

We thank you in advance on behalf of Mike & Katgie Vicens. 

We will keep you posted on his recovery.

Manuel Baez.
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Monday March 11th 2019 marks the one year anniversary of my accident. I really need to say Thank You! to everyone that helped my family and I. One of my coping mechanism this past year has been to find as many positive things as I can as a result of the accident. One of the big ones has been people, you guys! To this day I am overwhelmed with gratitude for what every single one you guys did for my family and I. I hope that this update finds everyone that donated, prayed, or even just thought about us because I really need to say thank you! Go Fundme has a feature where you can thank each donor one by one, there are so many that I could not complete the list, I could not handle it physically or emotionally, there are so many! To this day I do not know what I did to deserve the blessings I received from you guys. I was just myself and that includes trying really really hard to be a good person, to love as many people as possible and to treat EVERYONE with respect. I want to make it clear that I am not asking for more donations with this update. I do ask that if you run into me, to please tell me that you donated to my family so that I can thank you in person and so that we can have a conversation. I really need to meet all of these people that do nice things because I want to tell them that I know its hard to do the nice and the right thing and that they need to continue to do it. I cant wait to run into all you, I have a lifetime of conversations and thank you's to give and I am truly looking forward to it! Thank you!!!
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Hey guys,

Great news! I just got this message from Mike himself :)

“Feeling incredibly grateful for every single person that has reached out to help me and my family. Because of you I can sit on my couch and watch my son and daughter run around and make mischief. I am able to rest in my own bed and eat healthy food. I am eternally grateful for this peaceful time I can spend with my family as I try to make a full recovery after this crazy accident. Forever thank you!!”

- Mike
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Other good news! Looks like the production company will take care of the hospital bills. I’ll let you know when we know for sure :)

If so, the campaign still stands to help support Mike’s family during this hard times. The hardships they are facing go beyond medical bills. As the saying goes;
Today its you, tomorrow its me. Let’s take care of each other :)
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Hey guys,

Here is the latest. Mike finally left the Hospital (Centro Medico) yesterday and headed home to Aguadilla to spent some much needed time and rest with his kids in his own bed :)

He has a doctors appointment on Friday. I’ll let you know how it goes then ;)
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