Raiders | Rebecca Corman
Michael Carraway was an active sixth grader in 2008, involved in numerous activities and living a normal life in Oakland, Calif. One day, his mother, Shaheda Wright, noticed that Michael was suddenly tired all the time and no longer had an appetite. After a visit to the doctor, they found out that Michael’s liver was failing and that he would need a transplant. Luckily for their family, a liver became available; Michael received a transplant, and is currently a healthy 9th grader at McClymonds High School in West Oakland.
After receiving the liver and regaining his health, Michael, with the encouragement from his mom, decided that he wanted to pay it forward. The family started Mikey’s Meals, deciding to feed the homeless as their way of giving back. Since the start of Mikey’s Meals during Christmas of 2008, the family has fed nearly 150 people every month.