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So grateful for the gift of new life!

My name is Patrick McEntee and I am a 45-year-old man who received a life-saving heart transplant on August 13, 2017. I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 1996. Nine years later, a series of heart related illnesses began with two strokes and a heart attack. Ultimately, my heart muscle continued to weaken from congestive heart failure to the point I was sent for a heart transplant evaluation.

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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: helphopelive.org

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

December 3, 2019

Last week, I celebrated Thanksgiving for the third time since I received the gift of new life from my donor Bob and his family. As Amy and I made the rounds for four Thanksgiving meals at four different places on four different days, I realized how grateful I am to still be here celebrating with my family. I made sure to wish Bob’s family a happy Thanksgiving during the holiday. Days like this remind me that my family’s joy is less joyful for Bob’s family. The chair that is full at my table, is because there is an empty one at his table. I continue to strive to honor his gift

As I look toward the new year, I am aware that the money that has been raised for my campaign has very little left in it. Five years of covering a variety of minor and major medical bills as well as travel related to my transplant, has left it nearly dry. The biggest hit to this was related to the long disputed bill for my helicopter ride from Dayton to Cleveland. Ultimately, we were unable to get our insurance company to pay for any of the bill.

The good news is, I’ve been able to return to work. The bad news is, each new year means starting over on my deductible and out of pocket maximum. Reaching my OOP max, is a forgone conclusion. It’s a matter of when, not if I will reach it each year. The other good news is that my health has been relatively good and my follow up appointments are getting a little more spread out. I now only have to go for my regular checkup every four months.

For Giving Tuesday, HHL is waiving the credit card fee from Dec. 3 at midnight until 3:00 pm on Dec. 4. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

As always, please continue to pray for Bob’s family as they face another holiday season without him. #ThanksBob

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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

April 1, 2016

Have a great walk tomorrow Pat, way to keep working toward your goal. Remember my race motto, slow and steady finishes the race!

peace, Chris and Barry

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