Bring Mike Home

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Raised by 1,779 people in 28 days
Created October 17, 2018
Team Mike
on behalf of Michael Curran
Help a truly lovely young man get his future back. 
UPDATE Mike is out of the coma but there is a long road of recovery ahead of him.  His family have researched the best options qnd identified a rehab facility in the UK willing to take him They require proof of ability to pay in advance.  The costs are €50,000 per month and treatment is likely to take 6 months, maybe more. This is why we needed to increase our fundraising goal.   

Mike Curran was hit by a car in France and has suffered a traumatic brain injury.  He is in hospital in France and needs to be moved to a rehab facility in the UK.  The costs are immense.  

At the tail end of a trip of a lifetime Mike Curran, from Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland and girlfriend Sara O'Shea were just weeks away from returning home when tragedy struck. 

After cycling thousands of miles from their start in China, crossing multiple countries before reaching France, Mike and Sara had faced many perils together cycling across rough terrain in all weather, fixing punctures in the middle of no where and braving the frigid weather on mountainsides.  On their way to Paris they faced the worst peril of all, ordinary street traffic.   

Between Reims and Paris, making their way on the bikes that had carried them so far, the worst happened when Mike was hit by a car sustaining a traumatic brain injury.  He was thrown metres high landing on his head.  As a result of the accident he has suffered 5 haemorrhages to the brain, bleeding in the lungs, 2 fractured ribs, a broken nose and broken cheek bone.  Mike now needs urgent rehabilitative care.  It is the only way to get him fully back to himself.  Help us get Mike's future back for him.
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So much good news to report on, apologies for being out of touch. Firstly, Mike now has 2 weeks in rehab under his belt. It is hard going and there are many mountains left to climb but he is making very good progress. He has had a number of assessments; cognitive and physical and has a full team of neurologists, physios, speech and language therapists who have been creating and implementing the program that will bring him back to full capacity. It is exhausting work for him and he is wiped out physically and mentally at the end of each day but his spirits remain good. A thought he shared with the family recently is quite poignant and offers food for thought for all of us. "Don't wait for things to get better, Life will always be complicated; learn to be happy right now, otherwise you will run out of time."
The second big news is that an offline fundraiser is coming up. Mike's wonderful team mates at St. Brigid's GAA in Castleknock are holding 2 events this Saturday coming, 17 November. The first starts at 9am at the club and is a cycle-athon aimed at covering the miles between Rehms and Waterville to symbolically Bring Mike Home! The second that evening is a night out in Peacocks in Swords. Mike's sisters are coming to town in order to thank everyone involved. Anyone interested in attending either event or donating to the cause can find all the info at http://www.stbrigidsgaa.com/news/10045391/Cycling_Home_for_Mikey.

2 of the lads from St. Brigid's turned their own stag celebrations into a fundraiser for Mike. It was Paidi's wedding that Mike and Sara were aiming to get home for when the accident happened. Paidi and Paddy raised over €1,000 at their stag for the Bring Mike Home fund. It's not often you see a stag do become a cause for good :)

There are other fundraisers in the works and we will provide all the details as they are nailed down. Until then as always, you have the deepest and most heartfelt gratitude of all of Mike and Sara's families and friends. Your generosity is inspiring. Kieran
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Good morning dear friends, a quick update to let you know that Mike, Sara and Liz arrived safely in London. Mike had an initial meeting with one of the brain traum specialists at Wellington Hospital who said he thought Mike was in better shape than he anticipated given how bad the accident was. However, he indicated there is a long hard road ahead with many challenges and it will take every ounce of strength Mike has. For the immediate term his brain needs massive amounts of rest so visitors, contact and screen time will be limited. Mike has asked Joanna to act as his point of contact for all his friends and supporters. Updates and developments will also be shared here. We simply could not have gotten Mike to where he is now were it not for all of you so as ever you have the heartfelt gratitude from all of Mike and Sara’s families. We will post more as Mike makes progress and also let you know about upcoming fundraisers, including a dance in London for the ex-pat community. It may require some of us traveling to join in the fun. Have a great week everyone. Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh xoxo
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Hi everyone, we have some positive news in terms of Mike's treatment. He has been accepted by the Wellington Hospital in London which specialises in treating people with brain trauma injuries. The hope is that he will be travelling Sunday overland to London and being admitted on Monday. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly. None of this could happen without all of the support and generosity that all of you have given. None of the facilities contacted would even consider taking a patient without proof of significant funds and you have all provided those funds. Without you Mike would not be getting the treatment and care he needs. Thank you so much. We'll keep you updated as treatment progresses.
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More than 1,000 people have so far been unbelievably generous and for this we will be eternally grateful. You have already done so much in such a short period of time and we are so thankful. Mike’s journey to a full recover will be long and hard. The family have identified a rehab facility in the UK But the costs are astronomical, €50,000 per month. Please continue with us and be part of the effort to return a truly wonderful young man's future to him.
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