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Jim Koenig is a loving husband, generous neighbor, friend, brother & Austin’s cool Dad. Those of you, who know Jim well, know his generous heart is very sick. Diagnosed in 2008 at age 41, Jim suffers from cardiomyopathy with severe arrhythmia, the same disease that has affected the lives of his own father, son, brother, sister, cousin, and aunt. Today Jim is in critical need. He has been placed on the heart transplant list at Stanford and within the next few months, he is expecting a new heart and therefore a new chance at living a long healthy life.

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Jim grew up in San Lorenzo Valley and attended SLV elementary, middle and high schools. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, Nicole. His son, Austin, is now off at college. Jim worked with his brother Mark, at Giant Electric for many years. Jim even stepped up and ran the company for Mark when Mark received his heart transplant!

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September 19, 2017

Hi everyone,

I am home, feeling good and my new heart is beating strong! It took 93 days from the time they called to say I had a heart to the day they released me to come home to Santa Cruz. I spent the first 4 days in the ICU then moved up to intermediate ICU for 7 more days. On June 8, I was discharged from the hospital just 11 days after surgery and spent the next 82 days in Sunnyvale in temporary housing so I could be in Stanford’s required distance from the hospital. I would like to thank everyone for their generosity, kindness, prayers. It was so nice hearing from old friends from so many years ago and new friends. It was very heartwarming. I would also like to thank everyone for the visits, text messages, Facebook posts, phone calls, cards and flowers. Thanks to all those who prepared meals for Nicole and Austin, took care of our house and animals, and came by to check and water yard. I really appreciate those who came to stay with me or let me stay with them so Nicole could go home to be with Austin, do some work and take care of our home. Thanks to everyone that brought meals to me, took me to lunch or had us over for dinners. Of course, I would like to thank all our family and extended family for help though this journey. We couldn’t have done it without your amazing support whether financial, emotional or your life experiences. A special thanks to Nicole for being there every step of the way from the beginning of this journey 9 years ago to the start of this new chapter, being stuck with me in those hospital rooms and then in our temporary housing. Driving me back and forth to every appointment, test, and labs; waiting in those rooms for hours (even when I started the revolt in the radiology department and got sent to the back/principal’s office). I would also like to thank Alice and Mark for their fundraising efforts with Help Hope Live, raising awareness for organ donation, and arranging for our temporary housing. It is truly humbling to receive the generosity of so many and know that so many people took time out of their busy schedules to help. The relief you brought to our family is truly indescribable. Organ donation saves lives and changes lives. Please consider becoming a donor.

With Love and Respect,


August 5, 2017

Please join us at The California Beer Festival! Join Kenny Allen, KHIP, The Hippo, KPIG and I at the California Beer Festival next Saturday, August 12th! We will be there with tons of festive Mardi Gras Beads to help you get in the spirit and raise money for Southwest Heart Transplant Fund in honor of Jim Koenig! Help Hope Live materials will be on hand too, if you have any questions about becoming an organ donor. Saturday, August 12th Craft Beer Heaven 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm. Join us on Saturday for the Ultimate Craft Beer Experience! Fulfill your natural desire to sample from each end of the Craft Beer spectrum- from local craft breweries to neighboring breweries that border the California Coast.

Saturday's Craft Beer Heaven is THE event for any new or seasoned craft beer enthusiast! Expand your mind and palate as you sample from over 85 Craft Beers on tap, live music, flavorful food and Bocce Ball!

Festival times 12:30 pm - 5 pm

VIP Sampling from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

General Admission Gates open at 12:30 pm

Beer Sampling: 1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Ticket holders will receive access to Live Entertainment, Food available from vendors, (1) Souvenir glass, and Unlimited Access to 85 Craft Breweries to sample from!

All 21 and over craft beer enthusiast are invited to join the fun!

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June 12, 2017

We are so glad to hear that you got your new heart. Wishing you a well and one day at a time recovery. You and your family are in our thoughts.

Coco & Lenora Montoya

October 11, 2016

This donation is made on behalf of The Class of 1986! Thinking of you and sending lots of love and positive thoughts! You got this Jim!

Teresa Paradise

September 13, 2016

You, Nicole and Austin are in my thoughts Jimmy..

Love, Ellie