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Dear Family and Friends,

I am writing to tell you about my father, Alexander “Joe” Butler. My father is my best friend. Last summer he was hospitalized for the first time in his life. He underwent many tests and in the process they discovered his heart was functioning at only 25%. Learning this, I came home on an emergency leave from the Navy to help and to be with my father and our family. While there at his bedside his heart stopped. The thought of losing my dad, my best friend, was unbearable. Surgeons implanted a defibrillator and told us he will need a heart transplant. Thankfully, after many visits to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida he was placed on the heart transplant waiting list.


August 22, 2012

Joey, I'm saddened to hear of your impending surgery. It seems like only yesterday that you, Chucky and I were kids running around Aunt Aggie's yard reeking mayhem.
I know everything will work out because you have that Olszewski gene!

Wishing you well,
Your Cousin Eddie

(My contact info is

Ed Olszewski, Los Angeles

July 2, 2012

Joe: You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong!

Cousin Marcia from Pittsburgh

July 2, 2012

Joe, praying and wishing for an expedient surgery and recovery. May many small donationx equal an army for you and your family to help you going forward. My best!

Cous' Linda Olszewski Perrone,