after winning season 43 of “Survivors”, Mike Gabler announced that he will donate his $1 million prize to veterans in need.
Gabler, a heart valve specialist from Houston, Texas, revealed to host Jeff Probst after the show that he would be donating the prize money to a cause he cares about.
“There are people who need that money more, and I’m donating the entire prize, the entire million-dollar prize, in the name of my father, Robert Gabler, who was a Green Beret, to veterans in need who are recovering from psychiatric issues. , post-traumatic stress disorder and curbing the suicide epidemic,” said Gabler, who was named the season’s “Lone Survivor.”
As the decision was applauded by his fellow cast members, Gabler, 52, the second-oldest winner on the show, said “all of us did this.”
“We’re going to save lives, we’re going to do something good… Millions of dollars are going to them. We made history, guys,” he said.
Gabler added that he had several family members and friends in the military. When asked by Probst if he was rich, Gabler said that he was not and that he had “worked very hard”.
“But I realized that by going through this experience, I am rich at home,” he said. “I have an amazing life at home. I have an amazing family. I have amazing friends. I need to be a better husband, I need to be a better father, I need to be a better brother, son. I’m going to do all of those things like all of us will when we get back. to home”.
He told the CBS Bay Area that winning Survivor was “surreal” for him as a fan of the show, and that his donation to veterans was about doing “something good with money.”
“While I have never been in the service, having the honor of serving you runs deep for me,” he said.
Survivor airs on CBS and Paramount+. Season 44 premieres on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.