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Mike Needs Your Help

Family and friends of Mike Manhardt are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses and adaptive equipment related to living with a spinal cord injury.

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October 12, 2019

October 12, 2019:

As I have just surpassed my first year of living as a quadriplegic, I have found that there are many things still to do in this life. It has been a change To my life and a challenging year fraught with spills and chills associated with the recovery. I always have to remind myself that it could have been much worse. I have seen all sorts of different spinal cord injuries and Trumatic brain injury’s by hanging around places like Craig Hospital or Mayo Clinic.

Realizing this, I have decided it is time to get back to my life. My mind is good and my body capable. Therefore, one must find things that bring joy and entertainment to the days in order to stay ahead of depression and boredom. Both of these things Are very easy to fall into, and it will truly cripple a person. My hope is to find fulfilling work in due time and to start on my journey to outdoor recreation.

What I have found is that there are many ways to recreate with a spinal cord injury, but none of them are free or easy. I would like more than anything to be able to spend time in the outdoors with my friends, pets, and family. That means I am going to dedicate time and effort to raising money and applying for grants to help pay for the equipment I need as well as any training or camps necessary to teach me the skills I need to do things like mountain biking, kayaking, or hunting.

I do hope you can help with my fundraising effort. I have never been one to ask for help in my life, so this is difficult. I realize though now I need help as there is no avoiding or curing a spinal cord injury yet. Until then, I am very gracious for all who have helped or will help me along this journey whether it is financial or personal.

With gratitude,

October 10, 2019

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October 22, 2019

Mike, I think of you and pray for you daily. Your positive spirit continues to inspire so many of us! Missy

Melissa Koopmann

October 17, 2019

Hoping we can share a beer with you soon Mike. That and ride the fenceline trail together here in Missoula! Mollenhauer/Shappee clan is still rooting for ya! Ross

Ross Mollenhauer

October 14, 2019

In honor of Michael Manhardt and others that we care about.

Jerry Furniss

June 11, 2019

Wishing you the best of luck in your recovery.

Neftali Acosta