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I started my day today thinking about how lucky I am...turning away appraisal work because I have more than I can handle...relatively good health and a loving husband and family...

The family of Michael Berry is not so lucky.  Over the weekend Michael Berry, just shy of 24 years old...a former Marine who spent three tours in Iraq, recipient of 3 Purple Hearts and 3 Bronze Stars from his time serving our country died in a drowing accident in the American River in Sacramento CA.

MIchael was going to school and at his age had no thought of things like life insurance..he had his hopes and dreams ahead of him.    His family is now facing medical and final expenses that they can not afford.  

This amazing young man did not even bother to mention to his family when he received the last two Bronze Stars.  His mother didn't even know until the Marines sent his DD214 to her yesterday.  Even now he is giving as he is an organ donor.

IF you can, if you will, won't you please make a small donation ?  The link below is the official donation site...if you want more information about Michael Berry you can read about it by Googling  Michael Berry drowns American River.   There are several news stories about it including video.

Please forgive this meager appeal...this is something that is very hard for me to do but I hope it is good enough to encourage some much needed donations to the family of a brave Marine, a loving son.  I know you don't know him but he didn't know us either as he fought for our country..

Thank you in advance!!

To donate ..click here....I hope this is allowed...even if everyone gave just a tiny amount it would add up to so much and mean so much to his family. 



Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

OMG...that is such an awful story. A true hero. I have suggested for feature.

Jul 24, 2012 10:15 PM
Alisa McKeel Willson
Appraisal Pros in Texas - Huntsville, TX
Certified Res. Appraiser

Jeffrey, that is so very kind of you...I really appreciate it.  I felt funny asking but it isn't for me and his family needs the help so much.   His uncle and aunt are very close friends of our family -- my adopted kids so to speak -- I seem to have adopted several of my son's friends :) and it is a tragedy for sure.   

He was so young and gave so much...sometimes life just isn't fair.   Makes me realize we are not promised more than this very second.

Again, thnk you!



Jul 24, 2012 10:28 PM
Alisa McKeel Willson
Appraisal Pros in Texas - Huntsville, TX
Certified Res. Appraiser

Update:  The memorial fund is growing and there have been anonomous donations....if you are one of those then

I truly want to thank you for helping this Marine's family in their time of sorrow and need. 


Again, many thanks...

Jul 26, 2012 10:42 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Alisa, I reblogged this post in hopes you get a lot of donations here in the Rain.

Jul 27, 2012 05:29 AM
Alisa McKeel Willson
Appraisal Pros in Texas - Huntsville, TX
Certified Res. Appraiser

Rebecca, that was so very kind of you!!!   I hope it has a lot of impact ;)  I don't do a lot of blogging so I'm really not sure how many people actually saw my blog about it.


Again, it was so very nice of you and I truly appreciate it!


Jul 27, 2012 06:28 AM