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Captain Mike DeRienzo is one of my best friends. Someone you would easily take a bullet for. He is currently deployed in Afghanistan and is currently on his second tour of duty as a chaplain in the US Army. Mike is a graduate of Hudson High School and ...
Captain Mike DeRienzo is one of my best friends. He is currently deployed in Afghanistan and is currently on his second tour of duty as a chaplain in the US Army. Mike is a graduate of Hudson High School and Kent State University.

Mike has a wife (Debbie) and two AWESOME kids who are very adventurous and curious about all the wonders of the world.

Mike will be coming home shortly after Christmas and he is trying to plan a "once in a lifetime" trip to Australia for his family. One of the perks of being on active duty is that you can tag along on a military transport as long as they have room for you on the plane. Debbie has accepted the task of planning the trip while Mike is in a warzone.

Mike has been away from his kids for over 3 years while on 2 tours in a very hostile enviroment and it weighs on him. As a father, I cannot comprehend how it feels to not be with your kids everyday. Furthermore, Debbie has been an exceptional wife while he has been away. Needless to say I have a tremendous respect for both of them and the sacrifices they, as well as their children, have experienced.

Because of their seperation, sacrifice and willingness to keep us all a little safer I have decided to ask for some help. I want to raise enough money so that Mike and his family will have a trip of a lifetime. I don't want experiences like snorkeling the great barrier reef or going on a "outback safari" be a fiscal burden on them.

So, I would like to ask all of my facebook friends to donate to my idea. I have over 500 friends on facebook. I am asking for a minimum donation of $5 but would gladly accept greater amounts. If everyone donated the minimum we could provide them with the fiscal means to create experiences that are once in a lifetime. If you are having an issue with a donation drop me a line and I'll make sure we can get it to them!

They have sacrificed so much. Daddy has been someone on skype for 3 years of their life. Debbie has raised 2 kids alone while also being a dedicated member to her church's ministries. Lets send them to Australia with the funds to make this an incredible journey.

Please feel free to forward this to all your facebook friends as well. Lets see how much we can raise to help pay for their trip!
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