At the age of ten, Mike won a camera on the Atlantic City boardwalk. From that day forward, he was never seen without a camera in-hand. His childhood fascination later turned into his life's work as a photojournalist. One day at a shoot, Mike was handling lighting equipment when he heard a pop. Then he felt the pain. He continued with painful photo assignments for a month before seeing a doctor, where he was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his wrist.
After fearing the loss of his livelihood, Mike decided to undergo his surgery at Rothman.