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Hundreds of Blood Donors Help a Hero

Born on D-Day, Mike Hogan was raised in Northwest Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech University before entering the Air Force. In his early 20s, Mike’s service to our country included two combat tours of duty in the Vietnam War. Flying the F4 Phantom, his bravery and service was recognized with 19 air medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Photo of Capt. Phillip Michael “Mike” Hogan, April 15, 1971 just after his last flight on his first tour of duty in the Vietnam War. A ceremony to celebrate his last flight, Mike had just been sprayed by a fire truck and given a bottle of champagne.

Upon returning to the U.S., Mike found his true love, Trisha with whom he has three daughters, and he has enjoyed a career in civil engineering and as a financial consultant.

However, in 2007 the physical impact of his service to our country was becoming more aggressive. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a type of a cancer often linked to Agent Orange exposure. Multiple Myeloma is a common form of blood cancer from which about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within four years.

During cancer treatment, as with many cancer patients, Mike suffered from anemia so severe that he needed blood transfusions to survive. He was given several hundred blood transfusions throughout the course of his treatments at Willis-Knighton and Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. In 2011, Mike went to the Mayo Clinic for six weeks to receive Stem Cell Therapy from his own stem cells.

Now, Mike’s cancer is in remission.

After years of his service to our country, blood donors were able to provide a life-saving gift to Mike. He is able to continue enjoying his career; his family has grown to include two granddaughters and a grandson on the way, and he has even authored a book No War for Heroes, which was performed at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2011-12 Member Stage Reading Series.