10-Year-Old Rochester, MN Kid Needs New Heart and $2 Million
A 10-year-old in Rochester, Minnesota has 2 requests. One, I might be able to help make happen...but only with your help. The other, well, it is a little bit more complicated but this kiddo really needs it.
Before I get to all of the requests, you should meet this awesome kid in Rochester.
Everyone in the world, meet Micah.
Micah is a 10-year-old at Schaeffer Academy, who is super excited for summer! Unfortunately, he isn't going to be able to run around with his friends for the next few months due to an illness he has been fighting since he was 5 years old - Restrictive Cardiomyopathy.
When Micah was 5 years old, he was diagnosed with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. RCM is a rare disease that causes the heart muscle to become rigid and unable to relax and fill with blood. This diagnosis occurs in less than one in a million children. At 10 years old, Micah was just put on the heart transplant list by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is excited for his new heart, and to have the ability to run and play like his peers.
If you are a parent, like I am, my guess is that you immediately thought about the cost associated with someone getting a new heart. According to the family, the transplant costs, along with both pre and post care can be well over two million dollars before insurance.
Yes, 2...with a million attached.
Most of us don't have $2,000,000 just laying around for a new heart for our kids and because of that huge bill, a bunch of people have been working hard to help raise money for Micah's new heart. In fact, I even got the ok to invite everyone I know that reads my stories and listens to my show so...here's the first request.
Request #1 - Go Enjoy Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 3rd to Help Get That $2,000,000
Micah's favorites are coming out for everyone to enjoy on Saturday, June 3rd at Franklin Elementary School from 12pm until 3pm. Inflatables, walking tacos, face painting, bake-off, plant sale and more will be available for all.
Just think, your kids could be bouncing in a few inflatables, enjoying a walking taco and your family will not only be having fun but will also be helping offset the medical costs for Micah's new heart. #WinWin
This is a ticketed event and you can buy those right now here. Adult tickets are $10 and kids are $5 in advance and a few bucks more the day of the event. (FYI, if you are out of town or can't make it, buying a ticket is still an amazing way to help...you'll just do a little ghosting and not be there. I won't tell.)
If inflatables aren't your thing, you might like this instead. A bunch of companies have joined together and donating their commissions to support Micah and his family. If you love Pampered Chef, Color Street, Norwex, click here to see all of those amazing deals and even more and know that your purchase is helping out Micah. There is also a silent auction that goes until June 2nd so, if you hurry, you can still grab some great deals there too. Just click here for the online auction.
Request #2 - Help Make Micah's Dream of Becoming Famous a Reality
I've heard through the grapevine (aka Micah's mom) that Micah wants to be famous.
This is where I need your help.
I don't know what connections you have but we all know at least one person. Most of us have a Facebook page, or some form of social media. Even LinkedIn would work...although I know you may not have logged into yours in a bit and might have to reset your password. Twitter is awesome as well...well, it was. #TooSoon?
Anyways, you know people. One post of this story where you see people virtually would be amazing. In fact, we made it easy for you. There are some social media share buttons toward the bottom so you can just click.
Now, if you want to take it next level, let's tag a few celebrities while we are at it. Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, or a favorite that you love that you think might just take a sec to see who this Micah kid is...I think that would be awesome. And who knows, that might even help this family find that $2,000,000 for Micah's new heart.
Micah, This Message Is Just For You...
First of all, I have a feeling you know this already but if not, you are one amazing kid.
And Micah, you are welcome in the studio at Townsquare Media any time! In fact, I can even get you on the radio on several stations throughout the country pretty easily. Just let me know when you want to come in!
Ok, World...Now It's Your Turn...Share Away and Let's Get Micah This New Heart!!!
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