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Our Papa, Darrel Champion, is very sick and needs your help. He suffers from severe cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart) and he is kept alive by a LVAD (left ventricular heart device). The LVAD takes over pumping his blood because his heart is too weak to supply enough blood for him to live. He is on the waiting list for a life-saving heart transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He needs your help to make this happen.

Papa has lived in Kentucky his entire life and attended high school first at North Marshall High School and then Livingston Central High School where he graduated in 1969. After two years at Paducah Community College he finished his degree in Respiratory Therapy at the University of Kentucky in 1974. He became a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 1975; one of the first three thousand in the U.S. Papa worked his entire career at Western Baptist Hospital where he helped thousands of patients and retired after 40 years. His last project was the development and implementation of the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) saving hundreds of western Kentucky families from traveling to other medical centers for infant care.

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