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Nov 28, 2017
Howie Needs our Help Howard Ambrus, or Howie as everyone calls him, is very ill with end stage lung disease. After many years of struggling with asthma, and later complicated by Sarcoidosis, Howie, now 47 years old, has been told that a lung transplant is his only chance for survival.
Howie has suffered from asthma all his life beginning when he was just a little boy. However, he had other difficulties as well, and was placed in foster care for awhile beginning at age three; I was lucky enough to become his foster mother. The asthma kept him from playing sports, something he would have dearly loved, but instead he became an avid sports fan; he can still tell you just about any game outcome or sport statistic that you might want to know. Also, in high school he participated in a barbershop quartet and was in the class play.
Howie grew up in Minnesota, but in 2010, moved to Columbia, MO when the cold winters became too much for him. He decided to study HVAC at Linn Technical College in order to develop some more stable employment skills, and in two years graduated on the B Honor Roll. Before long, however, his breathing problems became worse, and soon he was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, which complicated the asthma symptoms. He was unable to work in his chosen field.
He soon found part time work at the University of Missouri, in the Athletes’ Food Services Department, for him a dream job. Soon after, he met Brandy, the love of his life. A month before their wedding, he was put on oxygen 24/7. They were married in May,2016, attended by Brandy’s sister, and Brandy’s 7-year-old daughter, Alayna, as Flower Girl.
In October,2017, the University held auditions for people interested in singing the national anthem at University sports events. Howie auditioned, and was thrilled to be accepted. He now has a regular schedule to sing the Star Spangled Banner to open some of the University sports events.
Howie must have a lung transplant to extend his life. He loves his family deeply and desperately wants more time with them.