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Former National Muscular Dystrophy Association Goodwill Ambassador Mike Neufeldt has passed away

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Some sad news about a man many FOX6 viewers got to know: former National Muscular Dystrophy Association Goodwill Ambassador Mike Neufeldt has passed away.

Neufeldt battled muscular dystrophy, and on Tuesday, March 17th, his heart gave out. But that heart touched more lives both in and out of the sports world than anyone can imagine.

Neufeldt served as the MDA National Goodwill Ambassador in 1987 and 1988. He called those two years the best of his life.

He counted actor and comedian Jerry Lewis as one of his many friends on the MDA team. Neufeldt was on the MDA Labor Day Weekend telethon -- first at FOX6, and then at Channel 58. He did McDonald's commercials with Michael Jordan when the basketball icon had hair. When the Chicago Bulls came to town, Jordan always found time to come say "hi."

Neufeldt couldn't play sports, but they were his passion. He became such a big part of his New Berlin Eisenhower basketball team that the Lions named the field after him.

Muscular dystrophy didn't prevent Neufeldt from graduating from Marquette University as a Burke Scholar for his academic achievements and community service.

Neufeldt majored in broadcast and electronic communications with a minor in marketing. He was certified in web page design and he worked at Harley-Davidson in online programs and operations.

Neufeldt was 37 years old, but he got more out of life than most of us will if we live to be 100.

Mike Neufeldt

Mike Neufeldt

9 comments

  • Sammich Olioso

    I remember Mike very well from the MDA telethon back in the 80s…..Mike may you rest in peace and may your spirit fill heaven with the greatest of joy!

  • Pam

    Watched you grow up to be a fine young man. Watched you on the telethon every year as Muscular Dystrophy also affects my family. R.I.P. Mike and run free now.

  • Jennie Ledvina

    Oh how sad! His mom was my teacher in elementary school and Mikey spent a lot of time around the classroom. Thoughts and prayers to his family!

  • Martin Steffen

    I went to school with Mike was a great guy always had a smile and never let anything stop him. He never judged, I never saw him angry or look sad. The world lost a good person and like the article reads “Neufeldt was 37 years old, but he got more out of life than most of us will if we live to be 100.”

  • Sady A.

    The finest gentleman I had the honor to work with. One can only aspire to his model. Big shoes to fill indeed. All my sympathy to his family and loved ones. Home Run Mike … All the way!!!!

  • Matt

    I never met Mike personally, but he was a big part of the Eisenhower Baseball family. R.I.P. Mike. Also, the article should state: “He became such a big part of his New Berlin Eisenhower BASEBALL team that the LIONS named the field after him”.

  • SB

    I’m really heartbroken after reading this. I knew Mike back in college at MU and he was a really good guy. He was just another student and you would have never known about his run-ins with the likes of Jerry Lewis and Michael Jordan unless you asked him, I had no idea until I read about it years later. He just wanted to be normal and he succeeded at it. I specifically remember once being in a class group with him and quickly forgetting that he had a disability, he was just another student, never using his disability to gain an advantage. My heart goes to his family and the MU family as a whole as the world is a little worse without Mike in it.

  • Eddie Nichols (@newyorktoaz)

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mike and his family during those MDA days and we remained friends over the years. Just a great guy with a passion for sports and life. I feel that knowing him made me want to be a better person and give back to those who needed it in whatever form.

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