Many of you know that my view of heart health has been significantly impacted in a very personal way through my son, Samuel.
Amanda and I adopted Samuel from China in 2015 just after his 2nd birthday. We did so knowing that he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect ["CHD"] - one that we thought was correctable through open-heart surgery. That surgery took place almost 10-months after he came home, which proved successful for a few months until he was diagnosed with heart failure. We battled alongside Samuel through heart failure related issues, which ultimately culminated in a heart transplant on March 27, 2017. The ultimate sacrificial gift of life by a family that we have never met was such a blessing and gave us more time to show Samuel the true meaning of love. However, medical complications began to surface another 10-months after his transplant which proved too difficult for him to overcome and he passed away on March 15, 2018 - almost a year after his translant and about 2 1/2 years after joining our family. He battled courageously and endured more surgeries, needle sticks, and hospital nights at Cincinnati Children's Hospital [a collective 9-months in total basically] than most grown adults - this is why he is affectionately known in our circle as Super Samuel in support of his battle.
In honor of Samuel's life and the memories of the way he impacted so many around him in such a short period of time, I'd love to have your support in helping the American Heart Association's efforts via the Heart Walk!