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Reply DavidIngets
7:14 AM on June 2, 2017 
I cannot thank you enough for the forum post.Much thanks again. Fantastic. http://5opxzbuy.tumblr.com/ - Souliere
Reply Chris
5:50 PM on February 20, 2017 
Hi Mike! I'm the Chef you met at Fresh kitchen. Pleasure to have you in. Let me know if you need any nutritional or cooking advice, I'd be happy to pass on anything I know.
Take care, keep posting updates!
Reply Jen Meadows
9:54 PM on March 9, 2014 
Mike - We just got home from our cruise on the Carnival Breeze and checked out your website and video. First of all, I wanted you to know, it was a pleasure meeting you and your Dad (we met in the dining area and then the comedy club, I sat next to you. I envy you for the strength, courage and drive that you have for life and even more for you using your experience to educate others on how their actions can effect their lives. Meeting you, reading your story and blog,has touched my heart and I am pray that you reach all your goals in life. I have shared your story with my son as I said I would and just in that brief explaining, he said he keeps thinking of what I said regarding your story. You have a great personality and glow about you that captures the attention of those around you. I wish you well and hope that we can meet in person again.....so I can see you pick on your Dad some more.. lol
Take care and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Reply Michelle
10:25 PM on November 30, 2013 
Mike I've never really had a hero before, but you're my hero. I'm only 17 but I heard about your accident when it happened. I was still fairly young when it happened but I kept up with your recovery as much as I could. Then almost a month ago you came to my school, SJV, in New Jersey, and gave the presentation. I was the only one there who already knew parts of your story. I got really emotional especially since my cousin had recently been in a bad accident and my coach (as well as a close friends dad) had a bad stroke where he was unable to speak or walk or anything. They are both on the road to recovery and because of you. I knew they could do it. You coming to my school was truly a blessing. I have shared your story countless times. Thank you for not giving up, thank you for believing in yourself, and thank you for having a positive attitude even when it was rough. Thank you so much. You are really a hero.
Reply Julia
5:10 PM on November 7, 2013 
Thank you for coming to SJV today. You are truly an inspiration for all kids everywhere. Your dream was to go out and educate kids and you are still doing so, just not as you originally imagined. Seeing someone like you makes the rest of us motivated and grateful. You still are the role model you dreamed of being, you have accomplished everything. Thank you again, you are the best!
Reply Patrick
6:02 PM on October 27, 2013 
Hey Mike,

I'm sorry it took so long for me to get here, but you and your friend stopped in my bank the other day. I read some of your posts, and I thank you very much for sharing your site with me. We live in a world where everyone wants to be connected and hidden. Very few people want to speak their mind and share their feelings so openly. I'm very proud of your message and thoughts regarding drugs/alcohol. I'm a person that used to abuse both to run away from my problems (and also make poor decisions). I, too, believe in educating people about making healthier decisions and believing in something bigger than themselves.

If there is anything I can do to help you, I'd love to pitch in. Hopefully I see you around. I hope you are well, and I wish you the best of luck with your message and enjoying life.

Have a good night,

Patrick
Reply victoria schano
4:37 PM on June 14, 2013 
hi mike:) I just wanted to say hi and let you know,your father had come to my eldest son school yesterday, and he talked to your dad about a car accident five years ago that left my daughter with a brain injury as well.tit has been an uphill battle and instead of getting better things are getting worse.i would love to help spread the word about being careful and just let you know you are now in my prayers and I commend you on being so brace and speaking out.you are a miracle,and touched my sons heart..God VBless You Always!!

victoria
Reply alan cosentino
6:19 PM on April 8, 2013 
Mike,

I read your story. I grew up in OB in the mid 70's and my best man was Joe Dougherty the former wrestling coach of SBHS and I played baseball and basketball for Madison twp hs and Ron Mazzola(Mr OB) was our manager. I remember your name from wrestling even though I live an hour north in Park Ridge. I still follow OB sports. I wish you well in your recovery and will keep you in my prayers. By any chance was your father from Sayreville, There was a pitcher with the same name when I played and I also think played hoops. Again stay strong. There is nothing tougher than OB people. Best Regards, Alan Cosentino
Reply Loretta Popek
10:24 AM on April 8, 2013 
Mike I saw you yesterday at St Theresa Church in Little Egg Harbor. I am truly amazed at your story. I spoke briefly to your Dad & sister. I grew up in OLD BRIDGE too.In fact your Unlce lives on the block I grew up on Alpha Ave. Small world isn't it? I've been down here since 1988. I shared your story on GROWING UP IN OLD BRIDGE FB site. I feel your story is one that needs to be shared over & over again. God Bless you on this journey of your life. You & your family will remain in my prayers.If you would like to friend me on FB I'd be very honored. Let me know as I have most of my settings as private. Thank you again for your amazing visit to St Theresa Church
Reply Frank O'Hara
11:24 AM on September 17, 2012 
How do I sign up for your blog mailing list. You and your family visited the Keyser Primary Middle School, (WV). I am inspired by your achievements and willingness share your story. This story needs to be told so many times, but I know you are helping to make a difference in many people lives.

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