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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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By Ava Kaufman on October 24, 2014

Hello, I’m writing to introduce you to an amazing young man who will change the way you look at the world. Jacob Kilby is a young, 19 year old local San Diego surfer who is facing a major health challenge. You often hear about many children and adults that are battling cancer or diabetes, but congenital heart defects seem to be few and far between. Heart disease is a major problem for both the new, young, and mature people of the world. Many times when you do hear about unhealthy MORE


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