Welcome to Live Like Mike
This website is dedicated to Michael Paul Szczepaniak. Thank you for taking the time to visit and join us in remembering Mike.
For those who are not familiar with Mike’s story, for quite some time he lived with Sarcoidosis of the liver. While this caused its fair share of issues, he was able to lead a happy and relatively healthy life, until one day he began to feel a severe pain in his back. Doctors discovered that the pain was rooted in his liver, and he was admitted to the Walter Payton Liver Center of UIC Medical Center in Chicago. From then on, Mike began his brave struggle with various serious illnesses. On October 6, 2011, Mike lost his battle against pancreatic cancer and liver and kidney failure, and passed on to join his heavenly Father. Throughout his struggle, Mike was blessed by the loving support of his friends, family, and even Brittney Payton, the daughter of the Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton. No matter what happened, Mike always kept a smile on, inspiring others to do the same. This website was created in honor of his memory and his story. All donations in Mike’s name will be given back to the community of Woodridge, Mike’s hometown.