Wow, what a start to the new year! I hope you are all safe and practicing social distancing and mask wearing as suggested by the CDC. Hopefully you have been vaccinated and will be able to safely be out and about more in the near future.
This will be my 3rd year on the Leaders with Heart team for the Heartwalk. As a member of this team, I have committed to raise $5,000.00 personally and reach out to my supporters to reach a much higher goal of $200,000.00 as a team. This year the team is being led by Anthony Civatello, President of Transfinder.
I am still on the Advisory Board of the AHA here in the Capital Region finishing up my 3rd year of my 3-year commitment. This is such important and rewarding work. It is a whole new world we are living in now with all sorts of new “normal” and we are lucky to have great leadership and energy on the board.
Debbie and I are still involved the HeartBrothers Foundation. This is a group of heart transplant survivors that are giving back by engaging with heart failure patients in many of the transplant centers in New England, sharing their journey, answering questions and concerns of these patients and their families and where possible, providing grants to make the waiting and recovery times more inclusive for the families. Many transplant patients live hundreds of miles from the hospitals where they will ultimately have to spend many weeks both in the hospital and rehabilitation. heartbrothers.org
I had my 4-year heart transplant anniversary in February, complete with cake to commemorate the occasion. I feel great, happy, healthy and I am forever grateful for all the wonderful things I have been able to experience and accomplish with this amazing gift. I have met so many interesting people, traveled to all sorts of places and am really making the most of my “second chance”.
I will also be "retiring" at the end of June. Debbie and I have purchased an RV Motorhome and have been working remotely from different places over the last 4 months. Life on the road has been very interesting and we are looking forward to exploring the entire country over the coming years.
Well these are the “cliff notes” this year. While we won’t be walking all together this year but rather in smaller neighborhood groups, the important work of the American Heart Association continues and we, collectively, can do our best to raise the funds critical to support the groundbreaking research provided by all the local labs, schools and companies that we are blessed to have here in the capital region.