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Dear Friends and Family,

We are writing to share the hardest decision we have ever had to make. After a long process of deliberation and evaluation, Christopher has decided to proceed with the heart/liver transplant process. He is now a candidate at Stanford Medical Center. After a lifetime with congenital heart disease, six heart surgeries, several other heart-related procedures, three pacemakers, multiple hospitalizations, and nearly dying on more than one occasion, Christopher’s doctors have advised that all treatments to keep his heart going have been exhausted: a new heart and liver is his only option. This will be a long, difficult, and costly process. We embark on this journey with mixed emotions ranging from terror and sadness to excited anticipation for a new lease on life and many more years with his wife, young son, and loving community.

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February 4, 2021

Well my kidney and other complications are about as good as it’s going to get so Stanford has decided to proceed. As of today, I am officially listed as “active” on the transplant waitlist. This means that at any day, at any time, I may get a call asking me to get to the hospital within four hours for transplant surgery. They suspect it will be a while, but no-one really knows. So finally, the journey, full of excitement and terror like any worthy journey, has begun. Thank you everyone for your support. You’ve helped me prepare in ways you’ll never know. Many blessings.

December 17, 2020

We are excited to announce that between Go Fund Me, Help Hope Live, and cash donations we have met our Fundraising goal! We will keep the sites open and available for donations but we want to say we are so grateful for and awed by our community. We are privileged to be connected to some people who were able to give big and there were others who I know have their own economic struggles and couldn’t give big- yet they still did. And there those who gave small, heart-felt donations that also helped. Many of you helped us get the word out through reposts, media, and word of mouth. And some of you like Grace Villafuerte,@Jen Balletto, and Jeff Rooney organized fundraisers for me. Many others offered food, labor, rides, childcare and other caring gestures. It all mattered and it all made us feel very supported less afraid. My rusty old heart is shiny today. Thank you everyone and we hope you all know you can call on us for support when you need it. It would be our honor. Thank you!

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February 23, 2021


Yarrow Sweningsen

February 4, 2021

sending love and healing from all 3 of us to the 3 of you.

Katrina Mayo-Smith

February 2, 2021

Jen, Christopher and Ryan - our best wishes on this journey, knowing you treasure each day together. Marcy and Jerry Clausen

Marcy Clausen

December 16, 2020

May your heart feel the love of the community you help to heal. Sending love and wellness from Kim and Rick.

Kimberley Caldewey