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Arthur Joven Reyes, or AJ as everyone knows him, is an older brother and loving son in our close-knit family. He is a recent graduate of Sacramento State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration with the hope of pursuing his passion to help others in the medical field. When his time is not taken up by classes in preparation for a second degree, AJ loves to tackle new recipes with his culinary talents or spend quality time with friends and family.

In 2005, AJ was diagnosed with congestive heart failure due to a rare viral infection. For the next five years, AJ underwent many different procedures and has taken multiple medications to suppress his disease and strengthen his heart. It wasn’t until September, 2010 that AJ acquired a respiratory illness that pushed his heart to work harder. His heart worsened and could no longer sustain itself with cardiac medications. It was then decided he would undergo open heart surgery to implant a left ventricular assist device (lvad), a bridge to a heart transplant. He has faced many challenges during his 25 years. Through the love of his family and support of his friends, AJ kept strong throughout this life-threatening ordeal. On November 20, 2010, AJ received his new, healthy heart at Stanford Medical Hospital.


March 5, 2011

I am sorry but Mila and I won't be able to attend your Fundraiser & Birthday Luncheon next Sunday. I have already retired and moved back to Ohio, and Mila is still working there in San Jose for a few more months, but she works that day. Please accept our Birthday wishes and the $50 contribution to you thru the website. Good luck with the fundraising and I hope to see you in August when I come back to California for the St. Bartholomew Fiesta.

God Bless you,

Gary & Mila Brees