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Since I received a life-saving heart transplant in 2017, I have been blessed to be able to reclaim so many aspects of my life. When you suffer from heart failure, it’s a slow decline. Little by little, you realize there are things you can no longer do. To an extent, you just accept it. Frankly, without the gift of my donor, I would have likely died before the end of the decade, if not that year. Because of the selfless gift from Bob and his family, I am still here. I am working again. I am doing so many things I thought I would never do again, such as walk across a room without stopping multiple times to catch my breath. Now, in addition to working again, I am volunteering to help others receive their gifts too.

If you find yourself in need of a transplant of any kind, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be delighted to help you face this challenge head on.

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April 26, 2023

It's been quite a while since i updated my campaign page. That's good news. That means I'm doing well. I still have not spent the night in the hospital since I left on August 25, 2017 - 12 days after my transplant.

My visits to Cleveland Clinic have dwindled to just twice per year. I no longer have to have biopsies to test for rejection. I also no longer have to use AlloMap to test for rejection. Last September, at my 5-year follow appointment, my transplant team adjusted my anti-rejection medicines because there was a slight indication that my body was beginning to develop antibodies that would seek to attack my donor's heart. Fortunately, at my visit in March of this year, there was no sign of rejection and my donor heart function was stronger than ever.

One last thing to share, this Saturday, Team Patulence will be participating in the annual Strides for Life in Dayton to support organ, eye and tissue donation for Life Connection of Ohio! Here is a link if you would like to join us either in person or virtually:

Thanks for checking in!


April 6, 2021

Greetings! I just wanted to give a quick update to let you know that I will be moderating one of Help Hope Live's Hope Talks on Thursday, April 8, 2021. I am greatly honored to share my story, as well as facilitate three other people sharing their journeys through transplantation. Click here to register:

All four of us will share a little about our own journey and will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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July 13, 2018

Transplant Alliance Foundation, is proud to supply financial grants to help pay transplant related medical bills.

Transplant Alliance Foundation, Inc

August 9, 2017

Lifting you up in prayer !

The Broering Family

June 29, 2017

Pat, I continue to include you in my prayers. I will add you to our prayer chain in our parish.

Jane Pierron