Thank you for supporting American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association has played an important and emotional part in my families life. From my wife's sister Joanne - who passed away after a heart transplant at 44 years old.... to our daughter Maggie's open heart surgery at 6 months old (she is six years old now and doing GREAT!), and all our friends and family who have had heart disease touch their lives (Jim P., Vince E., Grandma Lilly, Kathy O, Grandma B. and many,many others) - We are grateful to the AHA, Lurie's Childrens Hospital, and our family and friends who have been there for support.
Michelle and I witnessed many things during our stay at the hospital during Maggie's surgery - things that parents should never see. We were/are grateful that Maggie’s heart condition was able to be fixed, and we were able to take her home for a normal and healthy life. We met many children and families that were not as fortunate as Maggie, and their stay at the hospital was much more complicated, and in some cases permanent.. We remain grateful to the surgeons, doctors, nurses, Ronald McDonald house, and American Heart Association - who help these families in so many ways.
I expect this to be an emotional journey for me as I prepare to run my first marathon in October. I run for my wife's sister Joanne, my daughter Maggie, the families we met during our stay who were holding on for a miracle, and all our friends and family who have been affected by heart disease. I run to support the American Heart Association - that can provide support and comfort to so many.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your support and generosity!
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