Cpl Michael Nicholson's Journal
Written Feb 19, 2013 5:18pm
It is hard to believe that a year ago today Michael was warmly greeted by so many from our community, welcoming him home for his first visit since his injury. Hopefully in four weeks he will be home for good. He has been busy in Bethesda wrapping up his rehab and getting paper work in order for his departure. However, he was able to come home for a quick visit last week (48 hours to be exact) to attend a press conference with ten other wounded warriors. Gary Sinese announced his Lt. Dan Band benefit concert dates for each of these wounded warriors who will be receiving “smart homes” from his foundation and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Michael’s concert is scheduled to be held on May 10th at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. All proceeds from the concert will help offset the expense of the house.
The year 2013 is getting off to a good start. Michael is getting ready to start a new chapter in his life, his dad’s health is coming along, his brother just started a new job and his mom is taking a deep breath.
Your continued prayers and support means so much to us.
PS To purchase tickets for concert, go to www.supportmikenicholson.com
Long Overdue Upate
Written Oct 25, 2012 6:34pm
A little over a year ago, Michael reached a milestone with his recovery when his medical status changed from inpatient to outpatient. Since then he has been on a daily routine in the rehab center, working with new prosthesis and strength conditioning. He has one more surgery scheduled in the next couple of weeks. If this isn’t enough, Michael has been training in a modified car and hopes to be certified shortly. His personal vehicle is in the process of being retrofitted. We are anxiously awaiting the next milestone, our son home by Christmas.
He received some great news a few weeks ago. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation was established to honor the memory and legacy of Stephen Siller, a New York firefighter who laid down his life on 9/11. The foundation along with the Gary Sinese Foundation has developed a program called “Building for America’s Bravest” that constructs Smart Homes for the military returning home with severe injuries, especially triple and quadruple amputees. Eighteen homes are currently scheduled to be built. Our Marine has been selected to be a recipient of one of these homes in 2013.
A 5K run will be taking place in Tampa on Sunday, October 28th to help raise funds for all of these homes. Michael is in town to participate in the race. If you are interested in participating you can register online at www.epicsportsmarketing.com . Click on: t2t-5k-tampa or you can register the day of the race.
There will also be a benefit concert in the spring featuring Gary Sinese and his Lt. Dan Band. All proceeds will go towards Michael’s house. We will keep you posted.
As always, thank you for your continued prayers and support. We could not have made without you.
A Year Ago!
Written Jul 6, 2012 7:51am
A year ago today we received the devastating news from the Marines that our son Michael had been severely injured on combat patrol in Afghanistan. The rosary service held that evening at our church gave us the strength to face the days ahead. During these last 12 months, the outpouring of prayers, love and support has been phenomenal. Michael has come a very long way since he arrived at the Naval hospital in Bethesda and is looking forward to coming home in the near future to start a new life. We are so proud of him for everything he has accomplished in such a short period of time. Our family appreciates you for being there for us and we will be forever grateful. May God bless all of you.