Start Something Big - Big Mike & Little Mike

Published 06/20 2014 09:58AM

Updated 06/20 2014 08:47PM

FORT WAYNE, In. -- Meet Little Mike and Big Mike.  These two have been matched since 2009 and their inspiring story won Big Mike the Big Brother of the Year award for the state of Indiana.

"It's nice to know you're making a difference, although really the difference I'm making is what I see in him, I don't really need anyone to tell us that, we see it all the time."

These two will be officially honored at the Volunteer Recognition dinner in July. Little Mike is excited about being a part of this distinction.

"Made me feel good.  I felt surprised.  I was like 'Me?, there's nothing special about me' but hey."

So what do these two do together?

"We do a lot of restauranting.  We like to do a lot of volunteering.  We try to spend time serving others doing something to help someone else out."

Big Mike is always there to lend a helping hand to Little Mike.

"Homework, attitude, understanding new concepts.  Respecting my family members and trying hard in school.  He's helped me come a long way."

"The biggest thing we work on is just getting better at life, and the fun part is you're doing it together."

In Mike's eyes, there's no special formula for being a great Big.

"You don't have to be some perfect human being who has never made a mistake in your life.  You don't have to prove that you're Hercules to make a difference in a child's life."

Little Mike's is so inspired by his Big Brother that he wants to become a Big someday himself.

"I'd want to help somebody like somebody helped me."

To find out more about how to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, call the agency at 456-1600.

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