Greetings from sunny Hilton Head, SC. We have been happily parked here in our motorcoach since last fall. What a great way and place to spend the winter. Life is very active here and I am thankful for my good health and ability to enjoy all the activities and opportunities here on the island.
I had my 6-year heart transplant anniversary in February. 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”.
This will be my 5th year on the Leaders with Heart team for the Heartwalk. As a member of this team, I have committed to donate $5,000.00 personally and reach out to my supporters to reach a much higher goal as a team.
I am still on the Advisory Board of the AHA here in the Capital Region finishing up my 4th year of my 4-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. www.heartbrothers.org
I unfortunately will not be walking "IN PERSON" this year. Debbie and I will be starting a new adventure in May traveling to Alaska in our motorcoach. The trip will be 110 days, about 12,500 miles and we plan to be home at the end of August.
Thank you, as always for your continued support.