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I truly believe that the realist sees the struggle and the artist sees the beauty in every situation.

Ava’s healthy and happy life with her daughter came to an abrupt stop when she found herself hospitalized with a failed heart. On her birthday, Ava received a heart transplant, just in time to save her life. Inspired by her donor family’s kindness and strength, Ava wanted to dedicate the life that her donor family gave her to helping others. Ava’s Heart was founded to help those that have been given the gift of life live a better quality of life, by providing support for transplant candidates and recipients with limited means, or no health insurance. Our work will ensure that they receive medication, housing, and financial aid during their transplant journey.


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“The Others”

By Ava Kaufman on August 6, 2014

I like most transplant recipientsĀ  I would imagine wake up every day and thank their donor family. How utterly amazing that someones sorrow can create life for another human being. Ten years ago there were not half as many of us as there areĀ  now. With advances in modern medication, recipients are living longer lives and with artificial hearts and Vads many who would have died are able to be kept alive waiting for that life saving heart. it is strange to think while you are waiting for an organ MORE


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