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Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by George, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    There's been a lot of bull on this site, back biting, poking fun and sarcasm, but a very serious, in fact life threatening issue was taking place quietly behind the scenes making all this look like playground trash.

    Many of you know Harry Paulson and those of you who don't need to know he's a founding member of the NTA and he is dying of kidney disease. Sometime last year Harry called me and told me that he'd likely have less than a year to live as diabetes had destroyed his kidneys and because of his rare blood type, finding a donor for a kidney would be difficult. He asked if I could help in ANY way, he'd appreciate it so I posted it here on the Taxidermy Net.

    Many of you know that Michael P. discovered that he had the same blood type as Harry. Though Michael was eager to help if he could, he knew that as a recovering alcoholic, he'd done his liver and kidneys no favors over the years.

    Here's where it starts getting creepy and for you "non-believers" out there, you may want to stop reading.

    Michael when to his doctor who mocked his intention. He told Mike that he'd be a terrible donor since his organs were shot but he'd run the test. When the initial tests came back, the doctor was astounded that Michael's liver and kidneys were actually better than a teetotaler. Mike contacted Harry and then the torture began with tests after tests to find compatability. Everything was going along smoothly, too smoothly for those of us who knew what was going on, so it came down to a few weeks back.

    Since Harry is in the northwest and the specialists are in Washington state, Michael was going to have to pass the final gauntlet of tests covering 6 full days. (Some of you thought he was a jet setter blowing his millions when in fact, Michael was treading water helping someone he'd never known. On a weekend break between being poked, prodded, and injected, Michael made the 10 hour drive over to PTLTannery with Shelby to do some contract work that many of you made cracks about.) Yesterday, he and Harry got the news. They're a perfect match.

    Michael's not rich by any means and he's been offered a valuable contract helping Ray Hatfield in August so he was going to have to watch his pennies and hope to be able to work around those couple weeks in August. When he asked the dreaded question: "When does it happen?" the answer took him off guard. "Oh, we can't possibly fit you in any sooner than September 1. Will that work?"

    The strangeness only got worse. He knew that he was going to have to stay within commute of the hospital for 2 weeks after the transplant, but he didn't want to bankrupt over $150 a night hotel rooms for that period. Miranda is the wizard of deal finding and got on the computer. She found a condo for rent within 10 minutes of the hospital at a fraction of the price. The only stipulation was that it was ONLY available for two weeks from August 30 to September 13 - the exact length of time Michael has to stay there.

    Michael hasn't blabbed this to anyone and I'm breaking the news now because he doesn't want anyone to think he's anything special. He's certainly not "selling" his kidney but giving it to a dying man. Michael feels that there's a reason his kidneys have stayed healthy and he's alive today because there was a purpose to be served and this is it.

    Harry's son reports that Harry has changed overnight and he's enlivened by getting this chance to live a normal life again.

    So now you all know the rest of the story. Those of you who made catty remarks can no apologize for things you never knew and we can all be thankful that we have a selfless guy like Michael Schlabach who considers himself one of US. I sure hope we can all live up to being like HIM.
     
  2. rebel

    rebel New Member

    all i can say is WOW
    MP you are a hell of a guy
     

  3. That is a wonderful thing Michael. I will be saying a prayer for Harry and Michael and God Bless.
     
  4. RDA

    RDA Active Member

    A SALUTE to MP!!!!!
     
  5. Brian Claar

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    Mike has talked with me a few time about this, and I was amazed at the story, just like George wrote. Thanks George for writing about it because Mike would have kicked my AZZ for saying anything. It takes some kind of special person to give such an amazing gift and Mike you are special. I sat back after talking to Mike last night and thought about it. I'm sure I could do it for a family member or close friend but for someone I don't know.. well I just don't know if I would. Way to go Mike.

    It's been really weird because a very close friend of mine, Mike Leighton just had a kidney transplant on Monday, which was a success. His Aunt donated one and it looks like everything is working just great.
     
  6. zubba

    zubba New Member

    Wow is about all I can say. Very selfless.

    MP and Mr. Paulson will be in our thoughts.
     
  7. BEAVERS

    BEAVERS New Member

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    Absolutly unbelievable. Way to go Michael and best of luck to you and Harry.
     
  8. BVanKirk

    BVanKirk package deal

    mike there are no words....
     
  9. Tom Cruickshank

    Tom Cruickshank The History Channel says I'm "creepy"!!

    Michael called me with the good news several hours ago. What a wonderful thing for him to do!! I always knew he had a couple "spare parts" rattling around, but little did I know that it was his kidney. I was thinking it was just a couple of loose screws. ;) Way to go Michael! It makes me proud to call you my friend.
     
  10. Ken Edwards

    Ken Edwards Taxidermy.Net Administrator Staff Member

    I always find myself shaking my head in amazement at Michael's actions. Sometimes in embarrassment. This time, with astonishment and admiration. God bless you, Michael.
     
  11. Thank you for that report George....Is there anything we can do to help with the finances involved?

    This is indeed a selfless act......God bless you Harry and Mike and God Speed in the recoveries.
     
  12. Wayne R

    Wayne R NRA and B&C Life Member

    Mike you are amazing. I chocked up reading this. Speedy recovery to both you and Harry.
     
  13. brettdef

    brettdef Member

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    I have to say this is probably one of the most selfless acts a person can do

    God Bless both of you!
     
  14. James Dalueg

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    Very few would ever commit a selfless act such as this. Fewer yet would have stayed the course to see the end result. MP the only thing bigger than your balls is your Heart ! Best of health to both of you.
     
  15. Russ of V.O.W.T

    Russ of V.O.W.T my Ken Edwards moment

    x2 but i knew he was that kind of guy the minute we buddied up years back. Even if he does cheat at the gokart track LOL Mike, god bless and god speed on recovery for both you and harry.
     
  16. BEAVERS

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    I am with Lonewolf on raising some funds. Those auctions from donated items seem to be excellent fundraisers ?
     
  17. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    I don't know,.............

    I don't know................. I've only met Michael at the World Show last year......................and I can honestly say that it doesn't surprise me. Michael is not all talk.

    I've always called Miranda a Saint for putting up with Michael, but now I know who the Angel is.

    Kerby...
     
  18. Instructor

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    Michael,
    As I told you last night,There are very few people of your caliber.
    May God bless you and grant you and Harry a speedy recovery.
    If you need anything give us a call.

    Sincerely,
    Manny and Elsa Chavez
     
  19. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

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    George, we all have our inner circle of close friends. I was privileged enough to be aware of Michael's mission as you know. It is also VERY fitting that it is YOU that is here making this announcement. When I would hear something negative even remotely concerning Michael I wanted to scream out about what Michael is doing, but out of respect for him, I couldn't do it. Now, I got something to say, like it or not, and I don't really care upon whose shoulders this falls.

    So many in their midget minds have found fault with the one person on this site that would literally die for his friends. Yes, I'm talking about YOU NTA board. I'm talking about all you guys who think you are someone SPECIAL. When * was here at my shop for what we called the foam flying party, Michael was here. Why? Because he wanted to be involved and help out. When Bill Yox was here for the first Yoxathon, Michael was here. WHY?? Because he wanted to be involved and help out. Last year at the Huntsville NTA show, Michael was there. Why? Because he wanted to be involved and help out with the seminar. At the PA. show, Michael was there. Why? Because he wanted to be involved and help out. I think what he did at the auction should also speak volumes. 2 weeks ago Shelby contacted Michael with some questions on her bear. Michael went above and beyond by driving the 10 hours across Washington state to help her out, hands on.

    This is just a partial list, but are you starting to get the idea??

    NOWHERE in taxidermy, or in life will you find a finer person who gives from the heart at any and ALL costs to him personally. To think of some of the stuff that has been directed towards Michael from ill spirited and evil hearted people that I have witnessed is just about too much for someone like me to handle. I will candidly tell you that voted unanimously to remove Michael from the NTA was just about more than I think you were prepared for. You ousted the one guy in our industry who truly gave a chit. But yet you sit in your positions of judgement and cast a vote that in my opinion will destroy your so called fine establishment of self righteous fricking loosers. Because of what you did, I will officially join the ranks with Kim Owens in stating that I too hope you all rot in hell. But, you know what? Michael forgives you. How, I don't know, but he does. It has been hard to sit here day in and day out and keep my mouth shut with all this NTA crap being talked about.
    Perhaps tonight, for you so called Christians as you so diffidently pointed out in your resignation letters, Perhaps you should ask God for forgiveness for the ill you have brought to the most BIG HEARTED, LOVING and CARING Individual this industry has ever seen. How many of you would step up to the plate for Harry like Michael did? I know deep in my heart that I couldn't do it, but Michael NEVER gave it a second thought.

    In closing I have but one thought left to be said; JUDGE NOT LEAST YOU BE JUDGED.
    Many of you have now got to face your own damn self in the mirror you self righteous bigots. You judges of all.
    I don't give a damn if I don't ever do business or have any dealings with any of you, you fault finding Gods of nothing worthwhile.

    And to my friend Michael. Dude you are the MOST CARING, SELFLESS, BIG HEARTED GENTLEMAN I HAVE EVER MET OR KNOWN IN MY LIFE and I'm not some spring chicken. I love you like you are one of my own sons. I find it an honor and a privilege to call you my friend and my brother. I know you don't want any pats on the back. Just not your style, but Damn it, this is one pat you can't avoid.

    Thank You George for all you do. You being the one to make this announcement is so fitting! Like me, I know how you feel about Michael too. To bad others don't know the man like we do. Above all of us, Michael is THE MAN!!

    May God Bless you. Prayers sent for a speedy and healthy transition for both YOU and Mr. Harry Paulson. (one of the founding members of HIS beloved NTA).
     
  20. BEAVERS

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    Very well said Tim.