Mike Kearney is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and the son of Joseph and Mary Kearney. He attended Baltimore City Public Schools during his early years and graduated from Joppatowne Sr. High School in Harford County, Maryland. Soon after graduation, Mike left home to serve in the United States Marine Corps. Serving as an Aircraft Communication - Navigation Systems Specialist with Marine fighter squadron VMFA-333, Mike completed four years of exemplary service to the country and received several meritorious promotions and acknowledgements for his dedicated service to the nation. Honorably discharged from active service in 1985, Mike went on to establish himself and thrive in the civilian aviation industry. A licensed pilot and advent aviator, Mike went on to have an illustrious 30 year successful career as a Manager, Technical Trainer, Avionics Technician, Aviation Advocate and Mentor in the aviation field - as well as 5 years as a Transport Mission Pilot for the NC Civil Air Patrol. In 1989, Mike met his beautiful wife, Myra while they were both employed by (then)Piedmont Airlines. They wed in 2005 uniting their family of Brittany, Clay, Amber and Shane.
In addition to his professional and entrepreneurial pursuits, Mike has always been the consummate philanthropist in giving back to the community through public service and personal sacrifice. He has helped to support several civic organizations and helped to raise several hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations such as the United Way, March-of-Dimes, the American Lung Association, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Sickle Cell of America to name just a few. Mike previously served as the President of the Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell agency in Greensboro, NC from 2014-2016 where he was also appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome for a three year term.
In 2014 Mike was diagnosed with Stage 4 End Stage Renal Failure and was informed by his doctors that he would need a Kidney Transplant. This diagnosis made a significant impact in Mike's life and ability to continue his public service as well as limited his authority to operate as pilot-in-command of an aircraft due to the loss of his medical certification.
In 2016, while recovering from the radical nephrectomy procedure of his right kidney, feeling as if his wings had been clipped, Mike was inspired by his journey and condition to found Project Broken Wings - a faith based nonprofit aimed at providing hope and encouragement, mentorship, guidance and resources for the disadvantaged. Using his own personal experiences as his inspiration, Mike now publicly speaks on turning set backs and tragedy in life into triumph. Mike's deep belief that those who have broken wings can one day fly again through proper care and healing is what fuels the fire of his passionate delivery of messages to youth groups, civic organizations, church groups, and other audiences.
Today, Mike and Myra continue to live in Greensboro where they tirelessly work to get Mike a Kidney Transplant; and financially prepare for the steep cost of ongoing medication Mike will need going forward. Mike has been on the kidney transplant waiting list at UNC Chapel Hill since 2016. Mike and Myra believe with profound faith that they will emerge from this experience victorious with the love and support of family members and close friends like you. Please consider making a donation of any amount to their GoFundMe Campaign by clicking the button below.