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Fund-raising soars to help family involved in Marathon County crash
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A social media fund-raising site has collected over $122,000—and climbing—to assist the family of a man killed while driving his pregnant wife and children to the hospital.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Rogan was driving his wife, Niki, and their seven children to the hospital for the birth of the couple’s eighth child just after 4:30 a.m. Friday when a deer struck the family’s van in central Wisconsin.

Sheriff’s officials in Marathon County say a vehicle struck a deer on Highway 97 in the town of Cleveland and threw the animal into the windshield of the family’s van.

Sheriff’s Lt. Ted Knoeck said Rogan died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Rogan’s wife and children suffered minor injuries in the crash and were taken to the same hospital. Niki Rogan gave birth to a healthy son hours later.

Longtime friends of the couple, Dominic and Cecilia Gruetzmacher of Wausau have set up a Go Fund Me account, with a goal of raising $250,000 to assist the mother and her eight children. As of Journal press time, the tally was halfway to that goal, collected in just two days.

On fund-raising page, the Gruetzmachers said that dollars raised will cover the family’s immediate needs—including funeral and medical expenses—with additional money going toward building a financial foundation for future years.

Rogan served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and was promoted to sergeant while continuing with the Reserves. His wife is a stay-at-home mom and homeschools her children who range in age from newborn to 15 years.
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Niki Rogan with her newborn son and seven other children, shortly after the baby’s baptism on Sunday. The photo was taken from a Go Fund Me Internet page established to help the family with immediate and long-term financial needs.

Fund-raising soars to help family involved in Marathon County crash
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A social media fund-raising site has collected over $122,000—and climbing—to assist the family of a man killed while driving his pregnant wife and children to the hospital.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Rogan was driving his wife, Niki, and their seven children to the hospital for the birth of the couple’s eighth child just after 4:30 a.m. Friday when a deer struck the family’s van in central Wisconsin.

Sheriff’s officials in Marathon County say a vehicle struck a deer on Highway 97 in the town of Cleveland and threw the animal into the windshield of the family’s van.

Sheriff’s Lt. Ted Knoeck said Rogan died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Rogan’s wife and children suffered minor injuries in the crash and were taken to the same hospital. Niki Rogan gave birth to a healthy son hours later.

Longtime friends of the couple, Dominic and Cecilia Gruetzmacher of Wausau have set up a Go Fund Me account, with a goal of raising $250,000 to assist the mother and her eight children. As of Journal press time, the tally was halfway to that goal, collected in just two days.

On fund-raising page, the Gruetzmachers said that dollars raised will cover the family’s immediate needs—including funeral and medical expenses—with additional money going toward building a financial foundation for future years.

Rogan served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and was promoted to sergeant while continuing with the Reserves. His wife is a stay-at-home mom and homeschools her children who range in age from newborn to 15 years.
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Niki Rogan with her newborn son and seven other children, shortly after the baby’s baptism on Sunday. The photo was taken from a Go Fund Me Internet page established to help the family with immediate and long-term financial needs.
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