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NEW UPDATE: MARCH 22, 2021 (Please SCROLL DOWN to see new updates under the “UPDATES” SECTION)

I am asking for help for my dear friend Doreen! This is her story:
Doreen was born with a hole in her heart. When she was three years old, she had rheumatic fever which caused damage to her heart valves. It was shortly after that she had open heart surgery to repair the hole, and her heart values continued to be monitored. Doreen has endured valve replacement surgeries in the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as an implant of a pacemaker.

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March 22, 2021

UPDATE: March 22, 2021
Hi everyone,
Doreen is a courageous fighter and she is moving forward with her goal of receiving a new heart and liver… and I will fight with her as long as she wants me to! So, she and I will be driving to the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) from Wisconsin the first week in April for her to be evaluated for a heart and liver transplant. If she is accepted (fingers crossed), and a heart and liver become available for her, Doreen will be staying in Cleveland for a lengthy stay. If she is fortunate enough to receive the double transplant, when Doreen is healthy enough to leave the hospital and rehab after transplant, she will need to stay in the Cleveland area for up to six months for weekly checks. Doreen’s insurance does not cover travel or housing outside of the hospital. If you are able to donate to this amazing friend of mine, it would be so appreciated. If you are unable to donate, please send Doreen your love, prayers and best wishes. Thank you all!

January 23, 2021


Hey everyone,

Here is the latest news on Doreen. After the devastating news of not being accepted to the heart transplant list last October at the hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, Doreen courageously moved forward with contacting Columbia Hospital in New York City as recommended by her cardiologist. After many weeks of back and forth calls and paperwork, Doreen finally connected with the appropriate contacts, but unfortunately, Columbia declined the medical insurance Doreen carries.

While this was a big set back, Doreen once again pushed forward and reached out to Cleveland Clinic and University of Chicago Medicine. She is now waiting to hear from both of them to begin with a video chat.

This high level of stress continues for her working alone to get help. BUT….. without a heart transplant, Doreen’s health will continue to decline, and her organs will begin to shut down. She does not want to give up nor should she! Unfortunately, this will all be costly as her insurance will not cover everything, a few items being travel expenses to the state providing the transplant or housing in that location for the months of recovery.

PLEASE read her words and help if you can.

“Now that I may be traveling for my transplant, I am really in need of your help! I will not give up on myself; I have so much of my life to live! I have so much more to do on this Earth that includes seeing my grandkids, volunteering to share my music to the elderly and disabled, and my passion of saving animals. I am blessed to have such caring friends as you. Thank you so very much!”

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April 5, 2021

Always thinking of you!

Jan Setzer

August 6, 2020

I’m praying for you in your time of need for peace and comfort, Doreen.

Debbie Hetlet

June 29, 2020

Katie and I are sending lots of strength and love to you! Xoxoxox

Kristi Rogers

June 28, 2020

Please know we are thinking of you and we will play music in your honor. Stay healthy so you can recoup safely . Your friend and 'play-a-long' violin groupy! Pam

Pam Frazier

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