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I am writing to you on behalf of my husband, Douglas Alfonza Brown or “Fonza” as he is fondly referred to. Besides being the best husband I could ask for, he is the loving father of Brian and Kierra. Fonza has spent the greater part of this year at Duke University Medical Center where in March he received a Left Ventricular Device (LVAD). Since then his heart has continued to lose function and Fonza has been told that his only chance for survival is to have a heart transplant.

Fonza worked for 20 years with the Durham Housing Authority where, despite his often long, hard hours, he never turned away anyone who needed his help. When we had the big snowstorm in 2000 that left everyone without power and displaced for days, we had to stay with my mom because Fonza allowed a young family with small children the use our generator (they were new to the area and had no place else to go). I could list a thousand instances of his generosity. Fonza is just known for being a kind and loving man and a great cook — countless people have enjoyed a meal at his table.

Updates (1)

January 14, 2014

Fonza had a heart transplant on Saturday night, January 11, 2014. Exactly four weeks to the day he was listed. He is in day two in the ICU but so far he is doing well. Post-transplant we have already begun to see additional out-of-pocket expenses. Now more than ever, fundraising is essential to insure a successful outcome for Fonza. Please consider making a donation today by clicking the DONATE NOW button. Many thanks!


January 6, 2014

Hi Fonza.. Your wife said some very sweet things about you. Wanted you to know you are in my prayers and I'm helping as much as I can on a monthly basis We have not forgotten you at DHA.

Anne Watts

November 20, 2013

Was notified of your need by my daughter, a beautiful person,a nurse at Duke, who has made our family aware of your need.Prayers are with you.


November 16, 2013

Keep your head up and on your good days-that grin on your face. Some days are going to be tougher and darker than others but thru it all just know and believe that God is still in control and He is surely able. Put your faith and trust in Him and all will be well. God bless.


November 12, 2013

I'm very sorry to hear about this. Renee certainly had many nice things to say about you, both as husband and father. I wonder if you have met a volunteer who works in the Duke North Third Floor heart unit with the unlikely name of Skid Row--comes in Monday afternoons. He's a 65 year old with a 5 year heart transplant--more energy than I have. You might enjoy talking with him. Hope Duke can do good things for you too.

Bob Healy