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Dear Family and Friends,

I am writing to you on behalf of our brother, Mike Bates, a beloved husband, father and a true friend to many. Mike suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury following a devastating motorcycle accident over the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday. Mike is now a C2 quadriplegic.

Updates (15)

November 4, 2015

For the latest updates and information, please check out my personal web page at and thank you for your support.

January 30, 2015

Hello friends. Just thought I would let you know that I launched a new web site,, and I’ll be doing all future updates an fundraising from there. Check it out to stay informed.



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October 27, 2014

Mike, Nice to hear about the great progress you've made. Keep up all of the hard work - your an inspiration for all of us.

Matt P.

October 6, 2014

Hi Mike! just bought some raffle tickets (I guess if we win we can raffle them off again - ha ha!). Love hearing your updates from Panama. No need to send you words of encouragement - you're one of those stubborn, driven, never-take-no-for-answer Bates boys!! Keep up the amazing work Mike. We love you and send our prayers to you, Christine, and the gang every day.

Steve, Pam, Tom, and Katie Bates

September 1, 2014

Just read your letter explaining your goals for Panama. When you had your accident I prayed that you would fight. Fight for your recovery and fight to be back with your family. Thank you for making my dreams come true and now I am praying yours do too! Our donation was made and I hope that enjoy this journey to Panama and that it is successful!

Sandy Phillips

September 1, 2014

We love you Mike! We wish we could be in San Diego on the 20th but unfortunately cannot. Our donation has been made and we hope it will help you on your journey to Panama. We are sending you, Christine and the kids all our love, prayers and support. xoxo ~ Kristy & Mitch

Kristy Fisher