Fund for Widowed New Mother of 8

$493,950 of $500k goal

Raised by 6,521 people in 19 months
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Niki Rogan  WAUSAU, WI
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
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Update 11
Posted by Niki Rogan
17 months ago
Two and a half months ago we lost our father and husband. I never could have imagined how God would take care of us. Through many generous donations, gifts, and prayers I can see God working through his people. Even though we have suffered a great tragedy and loss we have been blessed in many ways. Thank you to everyone who has helped us in any way, big or small. Through the financial support we have received, I will be able to stay home with our children. This is what Mike provided me our entire marriage.
The children and I have kept up our normal activities. We planted our garden, are raising two pigs, our oldest is taking Drivers Ed, and the older kids are getting ready to participate in summer camp. We also plan on going on vacation to a place Mike loved taking us.
There are many challenges for me each day as a single mother. The loss I feel for my best friend and protector is great. But I know God loves us and will take care of us. The many prayers said for us and Mike's soul have been a comfort and a source of strength.
Thank you and God bless,
Niki, Anne, Jon, Claire, Ben, Luke, Jacob, Gemma, and Blaise Rogan
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Update 10
Posted by Niki Rogan
18 months ago
Niki is now the owner of a new, blue 2015 Chevy Express twelve passenger van! She will now be able to transport her children safely and comfortably to the activities and events that the family continues to participate in.

We continue to be blessed with donations both on-line and through the mail. For those of you that have donated by mail, we have turned the checks over to Niki today, and they will be cashed over the next several weeks. A financial advisor from our church has been working with us and Niki in order ensure the proper handling of the proceeds from this fund-raiser and to help with other legal and financial matters.

Earlier today, we transferred the Gofundme.com account to Niki, who will now be able to see all of your comments, and will manage the account going forward. Thanks again to each of you for your generosity and support for the Rogan family. Working with you on this fund-raiser has been a humbling experience, the memories of which we will cherish always.

In gratitude...

Dominic and Cecilia Gruetzmacher
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Update 9
Posted by Niki Rogan
19 months ago
On Friday night, we attended Mike's visitation. It was scheduled from 4:00 to 8:00, but except for a break to gather and say a rosary for Mike, the line of hundreds of visitors -- often extending far outside of the funeral home -- continued from around 3:30 until nearly 9:00 PM.

Yesterday, we went to Mike's funeral, which was attended by approximately 500 people -- likely the greatest number of people the church has held in many years. Over 50 people sang in the choir, both during Mass and at the grave site. A dozen Souls of Honor veterans ( https://www.facebook.com/soulsofhonor) attended the Mass and joined the escort from the church to the burial. During the burial, the VFW Post 6352 of Stratford, WI, conducted military rites. Afterwards, lunch was served in Mike's honor to several hundred guests.

Friday evening, we spoke to Niki, who said she was amazed by everyone's generosity and expressed how grateful she was that she wouldn't have to worry about money in the near future. Our sincerest thanks to all of you!
Saying a rosary for Mike (visitation)
Mike's Solemn Requiem Mass (funeral)
Stratford VFW honor guard (burial)
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Update 8
Posted by Niki Rogan
19 months ago
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Exactly one week ago this hour, we learned of the Rogans' accident. We were going about our day, when the news took us off guard and suspended all of our activities. We then decided to start this fundraiser, hoping that by raising several thousand dollars, we could show the Rogan family that we cared by helping out in a small way. Since then, this effort has spread worldwide, bringing in a flood of compassion and donations. The fundraiser (now over $420,000 contributed by nearly 5,700 of you) is the tenth largest -- and one of the fastest-growing ever -- in gofundme.com's five-year history. We remain amazed at how many -- both friends and strangers -- continue to come forward with sympathy and support.

There has been a mix of emotions for our church family and community this past week; from grief at the loss of a precious life, to joy at the birth and baptism of baby Blaise, to encouragement from witnessing all of your prayers and support.

Mike's visitation will be this afternoon, and his funeral will be tomorrow. Please join us in keeping the family in prayer during this time of grieving.
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Sheri Giachetto
19 months ago

Looks like $100,00 will be met in just 2 days. I suggest keeping the request open for beyond $100,000 as this family will need the financial support to keep the mother home with her 8 children as she should be.

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Dwight Longenecker
19 months ago

Keep the fund open long enough for social media to really get rolling. I have posted on my blog today.

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FrRichard Heilman
19 months ago
9
9

I recommend at least $20,000 for the goal (or $100,000?). I can't even imagine how hard it is going to be as a single mom of 8.

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Niki Maria
19 months ago
8
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God bless this family! (He must love them VERY much to ask such a cross of them.) They have our most sincere prayers. This could have been us as I am also pregnant with our 8th child in WI. Please let us know if this family needs extra support, a home, or anything else. I agree, I pray she is able to be at home for her children who will need her more than ever. What a terribly difficult time for them!

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Sheri Giachetto
19 months ago
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Do not stifle generous and compassionate hearts. keep the drive open as long as the wellspring flows.

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John N Allison Cole
19 months ago
6
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My heart aches for you. My husband was also killed in an automobile accident 7 months ago, at the time our daughters were ages 6 months and 4 years. One day at a time, you will have many ups and downs, but you must focus on God and be the strength for those beautiful children. God is the father of the fatherless and protector of the widows. You are in my prayers, be strong. Allison Cole

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Theodore Seeber
19 months ago
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6

Please tell me that the Knights of Columbus are involved with this- this is precisely the situation they were founded for.

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Cecilia Gruetzmacher
19 months ago
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Thank you, everyone, so much for your generosity towards this family! We are over halfway to the goal amount in five hours. I just found out that the mom has had her baby, a boy named Blaize.

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Yerusalem Yohannes
19 months ago
5
5

I apologize but i cant donate any money but I am very moved by your story. You are showing great fortitude which is an inspiration to your family and everyone. God bless you.

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Dianne Mann-Lewis Haywood
19 months ago
5
5

This news has now gone national, just read it on Yahoo

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Jason Bunn
19 months ago
5
5

Prayers for this family. I hope this grows far beyond the current $25K target, but suggest not raising the target any more. Just let the donations rise (far, far) above it, ensuring that the funds are going to be collected and used rather than fall short of a higher "goal".

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Bonnie Gunseor
19 months ago
4
4

Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. I just thought of the state and federal taxes on income raised here. I have no idea what they'll amount to. Perhaps people can keep those in mind when donating because whatever amount of money is raised for anyone here will be taxed. Maybe we can shoot for enough to meet the family's needs and cover tax costs over and above their need.

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Atnony Muss
19 months ago
4
4

I assume the family is consulting with someone on how best to avoid a sizable chunk of these funds from going to the government. I already paid my taxes. I want my gift to go to the Rogan family.

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Stephanie Moss
19 months ago
4
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Yes, you should be eligable for atleast $425 per child (maybe something different being you had a military man, hopefully more I'd check with the V.A. possibly?) in death benefits thru ssa.gov, I'm certain in your current state of grief it's the furthest thing from your mind but until the children are 18 in fact when my uncle and aunt passed recently my cousin did get that much at least. It's not much but it's something. You should apply asap or have a close member of your family do so asap as they refused to back date for her and you don't want to lose out on what is right fully yours as your husband fought for this country. I'm very touched and saddened beyond words by your story I cannot imagine what you're going through. However always remember that which does not kill us only make us stronger. Thank God that none of the kids or the new baby were injured or killed, I wish that no one was killed but at least we can say the little ones are ok. I wish i too could give but i am one of the many that are not in a position to do so but would like to send you my condolences. Bless your family. And I'm very sorry for your loss

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Jen Raiche
19 months ago
4
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@Ginger - the description says they were in a car accident just a few days ago. I am sure that would explain any visible injuries.

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Teresa Levings Baertlein
19 months ago
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It' not the powerful & rich who support you but the poor & lowly. God Bless you & your family. We are brokenhearted for you. But God will suffice. Gods Blessings for you always.

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Simika Bouwma
19 months ago
3
3

Hi I am so sorry for your loss, and I know you probably hear that a lot, I know I can not help with money, but was wondering if their was any baby items you may be able to use, I had twins almost 6 months ago a boy and a girl, and have so much stuff, I can try to get a package in the mail, or maybe even deliver it if I end up going down towards Milwaukee at all.

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Carrie Simon
19 months ago
3
3

Please increase the goal so more people have the opportunity to give! May God reward you!

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Amy Jackson
19 months ago
3
3

Does gofundme give all of the money or do they take a cut? If so, is there a mailing address or P.O. box that a check could be mailed to? I would rather the family get every penny of any donation.

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LeAnn Larsen
19 months ago

As someone who works in property casualty insurance, this can be a claim on your comp/physical damage and medical part of your auto insurance. The party who hit the deer may be liable, ask your auto insurance company subrogation department to pursue legal action on your behalf. This is why you pay those premiums. God Bless you and may eternal rest be granted to Mike.

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$493,950 of $500k goal

Raised by 6,521 people in 19 months
Created April 17, 2015
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Sara Franck
19 months ago

It's all I can do right now, but it comes with prayers and my deepest sympathies.

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Bernard and Mary Jane Bolte
19 months ago (Monthly Donation)

God bless this family

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Karolina Sikorska
19 months ago
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Bradiann Burch
19 months ago

Prayers!

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Barbara Wilder
19 months ago
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peter wilson
19 months ago
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Michael Kavanagh
19 months ago
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St Joseph, pray for them. †

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Allan Scott
19 months ago

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen. Auxiliam Christianorum, ora pro eis.

AW
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Angela Wood
19 months ago
Sheri Giachetto
19 months ago

Looks like $100,00 will be met in just 2 days. I suggest keeping the request open for beyond $100,000 as this family will need the financial support to keep the mother home with her 8 children as she should be.

+ Read More
Dwight Longenecker
19 months ago

Keep the fund open long enough for social media to really get rolling. I have posted on my blog today.

+ Read More
FrRichard Heilman
19 months ago
9
9

I recommend at least $20,000 for the goal (or $100,000?). I can't even imagine how hard it is going to be as a single mom of 8.

+ Read More
Niki Maria
19 months ago
8
8

God bless this family! (He must love them VERY much to ask such a cross of them.) They have our most sincere prayers. This could have been us as I am also pregnant with our 8th child in WI. Please let us know if this family needs extra support, a home, or anything else. I agree, I pray she is able to be at home for her children who will need her more than ever. What a terribly difficult time for them!

+ Read More
Sheri Giachetto
19 months ago
7
7

Do not stifle generous and compassionate hearts. keep the drive open as long as the wellspring flows.

+ Read More
John N Allison Cole
19 months ago
6
6

My heart aches for you. My husband was also killed in an automobile accident 7 months ago, at the time our daughters were ages 6 months and 4 years. One day at a time, you will have many ups and downs, but you must focus on God and be the strength for those beautiful children. God is the father of the fatherless and protector of the widows. You are in my prayers, be strong. Allison Cole

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Theodore Seeber
19 months ago
6
6

Please tell me that the Knights of Columbus are involved with this- this is precisely the situation they were founded for.

+ Read More
Cecilia Gruetzmacher
19 months ago
6
6

Thank you, everyone, so much for your generosity towards this family! We are over halfway to the goal amount in five hours. I just found out that the mom has had her baby, a boy named Blaize.

+ Read More
Yerusalem Yohannes
19 months ago
5
5

I apologize but i cant donate any money but I am very moved by your story. You are showing great fortitude which is an inspiration to your family and everyone. God bless you.

+ Read More
Dianne Mann-Lewis Haywood
19 months ago
5
5

This news has now gone national, just read it on Yahoo

+ Read More
Jason Bunn
19 months ago
5
5

Prayers for this family. I hope this grows far beyond the current $25K target, but suggest not raising the target any more. Just let the donations rise (far, far) above it, ensuring that the funds are going to be collected and used rather than fall short of a higher "goal".

+ Read More
Bonnie Gunseor
19 months ago
4
4

Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. I just thought of the state and federal taxes on income raised here. I have no idea what they'll amount to. Perhaps people can keep those in mind when donating because whatever amount of money is raised for anyone here will be taxed. Maybe we can shoot for enough to meet the family's needs and cover tax costs over and above their need.

+ Read More
Atnony Muss
19 months ago
4
4

I assume the family is consulting with someone on how best to avoid a sizable chunk of these funds from going to the government. I already paid my taxes. I want my gift to go to the Rogan family.

+ Read More
Stephanie Moss
19 months ago
4
4

Yes, you should be eligable for atleast $425 per child (maybe something different being you had a military man, hopefully more I'd check with the V.A. possibly?) in death benefits thru ssa.gov, I'm certain in your current state of grief it's the furthest thing from your mind but until the children are 18 in fact when my uncle and aunt passed recently my cousin did get that much at least. It's not much but it's something. You should apply asap or have a close member of your family do so asap as they refused to back date for her and you don't want to lose out on what is right fully yours as your husband fought for this country. I'm very touched and saddened beyond words by your story I cannot imagine what you're going through. However always remember that which does not kill us only make us stronger. Thank God that none of the kids or the new baby were injured or killed, I wish that no one was killed but at least we can say the little ones are ok. I wish i too could give but i am one of the many that are not in a position to do so but would like to send you my condolences. Bless your family. And I'm very sorry for your loss

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Jen Raiche
19 months ago
4
4

@Ginger - the description says they were in a car accident just a few days ago. I am sure that would explain any visible injuries.

+ Read More
Teresa Levings Baertlein
19 months ago
3
3

It' not the powerful & rich who support you but the poor & lowly. God Bless you & your family. We are brokenhearted for you. But God will suffice. Gods Blessings for you always.

+ Read More
Simika Bouwma
19 months ago
3
3

Hi I am so sorry for your loss, and I know you probably hear that a lot, I know I can not help with money, but was wondering if their was any baby items you may be able to use, I had twins almost 6 months ago a boy and a girl, and have so much stuff, I can try to get a package in the mail, or maybe even deliver it if I end up going down towards Milwaukee at all.

+ Read More
Carrie Simon
19 months ago
3
3

Please increase the goal so more people have the opportunity to give! May God reward you!

+ Read More
Amy Jackson
19 months ago
3
3

Does gofundme give all of the money or do they take a cut? If so, is there a mailing address or P.O. box that a check could be mailed to? I would rather the family get every penny of any donation.

+ Read More
LeAnn Larsen
19 months ago

As someone who works in property casualty insurance, this can be a claim on your comp/physical damage and medical part of your auto insurance. The party who hit the deer may be liable, ask your auto insurance company subrogation department to pursue legal action on your behalf. This is why you pay those premiums. God Bless you and may eternal rest be granted to Mike.

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