In December 2013, Michael Burke (aka "Big Mike" and/or "Burkie") was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 58. During the following 15+ months, Big Mike fought every day with a smile on his face, however he unfortunately lost his battle just days after his 60th birthday.
Burkie was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and especially a friend to all who he encountered and will always be a powerful example to us all on how to treat people. Our hopes are to continue Big Mike's legacy and to keep his memory alive.
For those who didn't have the pleasure of knowing Mike you can read a little about him and his family in the Boston Irish Reporter from a few years ago:
About the Event:
We'd like to invite everyone to join us for our annual walk and pig roast in honor of Big Mike. This will be the third annual “Burkie’s Walk” and are looking forward to a great turnout again this year. Last year there was over 400 people in attendance and we were able to raise over $30,000! We are looking forward to inviting everyone back this year so please spread the word so we can surpass last year’s numbers!
Over the past year we have been able to help 9 families who have been battling cancer by giving them distributions from the Michael Burke Foundation Fund. These families have directly benefited from your support and donations so please continue to spread the word.
So please come join us for "Burkie's Walk" and pig roast on September 22nd for a great time and to help support others when they need it the most.
Details for Burkie's Walk:
Start time: September 22, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: BHYC (1805 Columbia Road, South Boston, MA 02127)
Route: Leave BHYC, head around Pleasure Bay and return back to the BHYC.
Cost: $30 per person (children free)
Food: Pig roast, burgers, dogs, etc.
Football: Pats v. Jets at 1 p.m.
Help: If you would like to help in any way (food, cooking, oyster shucking!) please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all of your support and we look forward to seeing everyone!