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Emerson P.

My name is Emerson .I am father and husband , I been traying for the last 16 months to get aid for housing , I have applyed housing but the waiting time is more than two years .I live in a townhouse apartment and it is hard to me get to my bed because it is upstairs and Right now I am using oxigen.I am on the liver transplant list at UCLA for a year now , my biggest concern is how to get money for gas after my surgery MORE

Cathy Walters

My name is Cathy Walters.  My home is in New Mexico.  I had been diagnosed three years ago, at age 65, with a progressive heart disease called ARVD (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia.)  I was treated with medicines and had an ICD (defibrillator) implanted.   My heart compensated for some time, but in late 2012, it was clear I was experiencing right sided heart failure.  At my regular ICD six month exam this past January, I was advised to select a heart transplant center for an evaluation.  Because my daughter lives in Hollywood, quite close to MORE

Jessica’s Story

My name is Jessica Cowin and I am a double transplant recipient. I was born with a rare congenital heart defect (hypo-plastic left hear syndrome. I was born with only the right side of my heart. The left side never developed) and when I was four days old I had my first heart surgery. I had three more heart surgeries: 18 months, 5 years and 13 years old. At 13 I had a pacemaker put in. Three years later, at 16 years old, I was in congestive heart failure and MORE

Jan Larsen Heart Transplant Story

First I’d like to applaud Ava for her efforts to help others in need, I was fortunate enough to meet her just a few weeks ago, approx 2 weeks before I got the “wonderful news”. June of 2009 I had a complete health work up including heart scans, artery checks ect I was turning 49 years old and my wife convinced me to be checked over for any possible issues. I was declared healthy as a horse, no heart or circulatory issues, slightly elevated cholesterol but no medication was prescribed MORE

Raylene’s Story

Hello! My name is Raylene and it will be 4 years in April that I had to have a heart transplant. I was a healthy single mother of 3 girls! I caught the flu, what I thought was a cold, from a co-worker who had gone to work very ill. On Friday before President’s weekend, I went home early from work not feeling well. I went home and slept till Saturday where I got up and started cleaning the house. As the day came and went, I started feeling achy, tired, MORE

Dick Kelly’s Story

It was Christmas 2010. But it was no ordinary Christmas. I had been coping with Congestive Heart Failure for about five years and had a Pacemaker/Defibrillator to help regulate my heart. But in the summer of 2010 my  Cardiologist said my heart was getting worse and I need to talk to someone about a possible transplant. I was very skeptical but agreed to go to Minneapolis for a consultation. My wonderful wife and I drove up expecting to stay about three days. After about forty-five minutes with a Transplant Cardiologist MORE

Bryson’s Story

Where do I start? I was a normal kid living a normal 18 year olds life when I met the girl of my dreams, Laura. Everything was great and I was working at a local craft/fabric store in Goleta, California. I started dating my girlfriend on July 14th in 2009 and it was awesome until October of 2009, when everything started going to down hill. I was sick 99% of the time with what felt like the stomach flu and no doctor could tell me what was wrong. I went MORE

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