That meant he couldn’t afford the colonoscopy that might have found his cancer before it was too late. He died April 1, 2008. He was 33.
Mike is one of an estimated 30,000 people who die each year because they didn’t have insurance and so didn’t have access to the lifesaving diagnostic tests, or diabetic supplies that would help them monitor blood glucose, or medication that would help lower blood pressure.
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The video here, from Monty Python’s “Life of Brian,” was one of Mike’s favorite songs. We played it at the end of his memorial service.