Michael Charter is sick and he needs your help!

For: Michael Charter
Lakeland, FL
Organizer: Jami (Charter) Monico
Michael Charter is sick and he needs your help! (Michael Charter)
of $7,500 goal
65% Complete
Raised by 40 donors

The Story

Hello, friends and family! Michael has end-stage liver disease with associated complications and is unable to work. He needs your help, however big or small, to help with expenses until his disability claim is approved.

His illness started in November 2017. He tried to work but with so many debilitating symptoms, he just did not have the energy or stamina to do his job and in December 2017 he had to stay home.

Mike has been hospitalized numerous times in the past few months. He gets stabilized in the hospital and is discharged, only to become very ill again and he gets re-admitted.

Those who know Mike appreciate his funny personality, quick wit and the love he has for the dogs that he and his wife, Kellie, take care of. Fred, the Husky/Dachshund mix, will sit up and "pray" when he begs for food, which Mike taught him to do. 

Mike, Kellie and their son, Nick, appreciate all you can do for them, which includes praying and thinking of them. Not being able to work is hard on Mike and he'd much rather be healthy and making a living, but with end-stage liver disease he just can't.

Thank you for reading this and taking the time to think about Mike and his family. Bless you.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 7, 2018

Posted on March 7, 2018

Update from Jami: Mike is out of the hospital and back at home. He is feeling better after having the TIPS procedure (stent in the liver to help lessen the fluid build-up), but is still VERY sick. He thanks everyone for the continued prayers and donations.

Here is a message from my friend, Susan, whom I've known since about age 9. "It was so hard for me to hear about your brother. To look into his eyes and see pain and difficulty. I remember when he would tease us as we rode our bikes up and down the sidewalk between your place and mine. I remember the toss of his head and the wrinkle of his nose when we upset him. However what sticks most in my mind about him is his smile! When he smiled it just seemed to stretch from ear to ear and light up the room! I am so sorry to hear this. I know you love him very much, that was evident to me even as kids."

Posted on March 1, 2018

Posted on March 1, 2018

Hello, Family and Friends: Mike has been in the ICU for over a week now, in a hospital in Lakeland. He was very weak and not eating. The doctors and other health care staff are taking very good care of him.

He had a "TIPS" procedure today and the hopes are that this will help him to feel a lot better. He says hi to everyone :-)

Mike's application for disability is moving along. A very heart-felt thanks to everyone who has donated. I raised his fundraiser amount to $7500 after the $5000 was just met. Because -- well -- why not!  Let's keep this thing going.

Posted on February 22, 2018

Posted on February 22, 2018

Update on Mike by Jami: Mike's health has taken a downturn and he is experiencing abnormal potassium and sodium blood levels, as well as some other health issues. It's hard to keep your spirit high with constant pain and weakness.

The outpouring of love and kindness to this fundraiser has been phenomenal.  Keep it coming! Send your prayers to Mike!

This family story is from Tashanna, our niece:  Once we were watching a documentary about penguins, and uncle Mike joked the entire show about cooking and eating the tasty penguins. We laughed the entire time. His sense of humor is relentless!!  

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