Friends, Colleagues, Fellow Global Citizens, May 6, 2010
The next phase is about to begin and I need your help to gather support for this next step. It is time to seek an American forensic review of my son's autopsy notes, slides, tissue samples and photos. This is perhaps the most difficult obstacle to overcome as thus far the Korean Medical Lab in Ulsan has refused to release the materials to any but a medical professional in Korea. These materials, by law, must be kept on file for five years. On May 10, 2010, two years will have passed. As Mike's closest relative, I have a right to these materials under Korean law.
It's hard to believe that it's been nearly two years since Mike's life was stolen from him. With my mind's eye I see him all the time, he is never far from my heart. Some may even be incredulous that I am even still here in South Korea fighting on for justice long after the courts have denied it, long after the police have declared the issue, case closed. Yet here I am, as strong as ever and never a flicker of a thought to surrender.
That being said, my time in South Korea is drawing to a close. I'm on my last contract which is due to expire at the end of Feb. 2011. While I would love to be rid of this place, I've been financially crippled for quite some time now. I am not seeking donations nor organizing fund raisers; it has been a long hard row to hoe as my grandmother would say. Yet, I've made quite the pitcher of lemonade, through this extra hardship, I've accomplished things I could not have done had I allowed myself to be cowed into returning to my home mountain in Appalachia.
Had I not been in Korea during these last two years, I would have been unable to continue to gather evidence, speak to witnesses and pursue answers. I have copies of the police report, photographs taken by the police on the night of the event, photographs and video of the Sauna where the incident occurred, and much more. Now, the final item on my 'to do list' is to have the autopsy materials sent to the US for a reliable forensic review.
What is needed my friends are requests for letters of support to be sent to House Representative Cullie Tarleton, NC. Sen. Richard Burr, NC Sen. Kay Hagan, and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. It doesn't matter if you are an American or not. It doesn't matter if you are from North Carolina or not. What does matter, and it matters a great deal, is for you to ask your political representative "to send a letter of support for the search for answers for the death of Mike White, age 14, who died on Mother's Day in South Korea during the height of the Anti-US Beef riots."
I have taken the liberty to organize contact information below to assist you in your desire to help me find answers to this horrid tragedy. And if we are very lucky and organized, we might even be able to make South Korea a safer place for all foreign nationals. For any who wish to volunteer by translating Mightie Mike's message into other languages, please use the contact links below. We'd love to have your generous help.
Again, as always, I am ever grateful for the kind words, offers of assistance, and most importantly, the precious time you use to contact those who can help bring truth to the light for all to see.
Stephannie Kaye White
Mightie Mike's mom