"1500 Meters for Mike" Fundraiser - My9 New Jersey

"1500 Meters for Mike" Fundraiser

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The fundraising event, “1500 Meters for Mike”, took place over the weekend with around 500 people jumping into the ocean. The event was held for College of New Jersey graduate and swim team captain Michael Heaney who was hit by a car while riding his bike in 2012. Heaney is currently in a vegetative state and lives at home with his mother.

The event was held in order to raise money for Heaney’s medical bills. Even though Heaney’s mother has health insurance, the expense of having a nurse 24 hours a day in their house is too high. The event raised close to $20,000 to donate to Heaney’s family.

“1500 Meters for Mike” was set up through Facebook by Heaney’s friends and spread throughout Twitter. They also have a website called 1500MetersforMike.com, where you can still donate to the cause.

Heaney’s Coach Brian Bishop participated in the event, saying that Heaney was a born captain, born leader, and a great representative of the team. Bishop spoke about how great of a person Heaney was, and said, “He just was likeable from the moment he walked in the door. We became very close. And his personality affected a lot of people.”

Even though it seems hard to put a positive light on this story, Coach Bishop uses Mike’s story as a teaching tool for his current swimmers. He tells them to take every opportunity given to them and don’t let a moment slip by because you never know how life can change.


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