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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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We dance in loving memory of those who could not afford to live. We dance to honor those donors and their families who have given the gift of life. We dance to help those that have been given the gift of life a better quality of life.



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Dear Mrs. Obama…

By Ava Kaufman on October 7, 2014

Dear Mrs. Obama,  My name is Ava Kaufman, and I am writing this to you as a mother a heart transplant surviver and advocate for those that have been blessed with the gift of life. If not for the love of my , at that time , 11 year old daughter Jade and the fact that I had been a professional dancer I would not be here asking for your assistance. I had this entire letter planned out and now one phone call from a mom in Las Vegas is MORE


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