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Family and friends of Dennis Huis are raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.

Dennis has led an adventurous life and is currently facing his biggest one yet. Having dealt with atrial fibrillation issues for the past 10 years, he has now been diagnosed with a rare form of Amyloidosis causing congestive heart failure. Unfortunately the only cure is a heart transplant, since there’s no artificial means to keep him alive with his condition.

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April 25, 2018

The weather has been beautiful here, sunny and 70’s. The only downside is it’s too dry, no rain in weeks, fire warnings are already happening. With snowpack so low, it’s very troubling.

I’m doing great, actually working with the new owner of my business. So I’ve been out there doing the simpler irrigation work, trouble shooting, etc.. Love it as it keeps me busy and engaged mentally. Still recovery very well, joined the local rec center to begin some indoor bike training and will start cardio rehab here soon.

April 24, 2018

Home, no place like it! Man it’s good to be back in Durango. Sunday’s drive was a beautiful trip through sunny Colorado. Spending time visiting friends and just taking in the area again. It’s a whole different look now that I’m feeling so good!

Joined the local rec center and will be able to ride the stationary bikes to get back into cycling shape. Can’t ride on the rode until July, still letting the sternum heal up.

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April 24, 2018

Hi Dennis, I am so glad to hear all is going so well for you and you get to go back to Durango! What a miracle. Roz

Roz Strong

April 15, 2018

Durango is ready and waiting for you - come back soon :-)


April 8, 2018

Congrats Dennis on yet another "0" result on the rejection test - woot! I can only image how good it must have felt to be allowed to get some "exercise"....and drive again. Looking forward to see you both back here soon :-)

Sharon Porter

April 6, 2018

Dennis, this is Rivian, Ken Rushworth's soon-to-be wife (two weeks!). We received your letter and had no idea you were dealing with such significant medical issues. I spent 13 years working in organ recovery and transplantation in California, so I know how tremendous this transplant is for you. We're among your many friends and clients who are grateful to your donor and your medical team for making this transplant happen. We'll miss you this year, but hope to see you next (or whenever you feel up to a visit). Know that we're pulling for a long and successful recovery. Wishing you and your wife all the good that there is the world. You deserve it!

Rivian Bell