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Tanner Townsend is a 16 year old Sophmore at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He loves playing computer games, hanging out with friends and family and going to Phillies games. On December 6, 2010 Tanner received the “Gift of Life” a new heart.

Diagnosed at just 5 hours old with a congenital heart defect know as Aortic Stenosis, Tanner received intensive cardiac care for 15 years to control his state of heart failure. Tanner was later diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Atrial Dysfunction in addition to his heart defect. The doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia told us that a heart transplant was Tanner’s only hope for a long and healthy life.

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July 13, 2011

hang in there kiddo,if your anything like your mother i know your a fighter,and will have a long and wonderful life!

tammy selock waldorf,maryland

December 13, 2010

Hey Tanner, I hope you know how amazed everyone is with your strength and progress. You are an amazing kid with a TON of people pulling for you. I have followed your blog from day one. I am sorry I can't seem to figure out how to post on it from my I-pad. I have tried so many times. At least you can read this and know how much you are thought about. I am so happy that your Mom has posted photos of you and your progress. It is awesome to see your progress. One step at a time. Just keep telling yourself that. You will have minor set backs but you are such a strong boy. You have all ready been through more than most adults have to endure. I am sorry to hear about your pain. Just remind yourself that this is tempory. You will be able to look back on this when you are back to your old fun loving self. Hang in there Buddy. Just think of where you were a week ago. You have come a long way. I hope each day gets a little easier for you. I can't wait for you to feel up to blogging again. Take care Tan...

Beverly Keel, Arnold, Md.

December 13, 2010

Tanner,you are in my thoughts and prayers as you venture on this new path that you have been given. May God be with you and your family. Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year.

Teri Calafati