Law Enforcement
Det Sgt (ret) Mike Gates
Law Enforcement
Catastrophic Loss
Rhode Island
Created March 1st, 2024

My dad was diagnosed with ALS in January of this year.  He has been dealing with symptoms since 2021 (falling, slurred speech) which, as of recently, have been progressing rapidly.  He now uses a walker, which he can only walk with short distances, he cannot go up and down stairs without assistance and his speech is slowing down. It will only be a matter of time until he’s lost all ability to use his legs and arms, followed by loss of breathing and eating on his own. ALS is an evil disease which takes your entire body away from you, while leaving your mind completely intact.

A little about my dad… he’s a husband, father and grandfather to my two beautiful daughters (5 and 6.5) who are his entire world.  He served 30 years in Law Enforcement with multiple titles during his tenure - Supervisor, SRT member, FTO, Firearms Instructor, Hostage Negotiator, Peer Support Team Member - he retired as a Detective Sergeant.  If you ask anyone from his department, he was a solid, stand-up officer; supervisor & friend.  Aside from work he’s been an active member of society, coaching youth sports over many, many years.

ALS is always terminal.. there is no cure. I’m asking for any monetary assistance to help with getting him a motorized wheelchair to help him not feel like he’s lost all of his mobility and freedoms and any other assistive devices - I’m just trying to make my dad as comfortable as he can be for as long as we have him here.  It’s hard to make this decision to do a fundraiser, I know my dad wouldn’t want this.  I’m also thinking of my mom and trying to help make her life as a caretaker as easy as possible, physically, emotionally and financially.

My whole family appreciates you


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Robin & Doug Bradley
Robin & Doug Bradley donated $100

We love you Mike and we are praying for you!!! Robin & Doug

1 month ago
Charles Simone
Charles Simone donated $100
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Frank Gauthier
Frank Gauthier donated $200

Love you buddy

1 month ago
Douglas San Antonio
Douglas San Antonio donated $100
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RICHARD CRAGIN donated $100
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Regina Crowshaw
Regina Crowshaw donated $500

Michael, With gratitude for your service to the community, and a career as a wonderful example to the young officers who served with and under you. Thinking of you and Brenda and family with love and friendship. Matt and Regina Crowshaw

1 month ago
Debra Spicuzza
Debra Spicuzza donated $50
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Suzanne Rave
Suzanne Rave donated $50
1 month ago
Kristin Penta
Kristin Penta donated $100
1 month ago
Det Sgt (ret) Mike Gates
$23,735 raised of $10,000 goal
203 Donations
Campaign Organizer
Gianna Scotti
Campaign Beneficiary
Beneficiary Photo
Michael Gates
Fundraiser Stats
51 Days