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So grateful for the gift of new life!

My name is Patrick McEntee and I am a 43-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. I was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic at the conclusion of the evaluation so doctors could try adjusting my medications. That was unsuccessful and within a week, I was listed to receive a heart transplant and my condition was so dire that a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) was implanted. This device gave me a much higher quality of life and bought some extra time needed to bridge me to a heart transplant.

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August 13, 2018

What an amazing week!

I am so grateful to my donor Bob for the gift of new life he gave me. He allowed me to attend and compete in this year’s Donate Life Transplant Games of America. While I was unable to bring back a medal, it was fun to compete for the first time since I had to give up softball more than a decade ago. As it turns out, my new heart didn’t come with any additional athletic ability or coordination. So no medal, but a trophy case full of memories…oh and a Guinness World Record! I was one of 540 solid organ transplant recipients in one place at one time at the closing ceremonies of the Games! Thus, I and 539 new and old friends are officially in the Guinness Book of World Records.

But really, the joy of the week in Salt Lake City was about the people – recipients like me, living donors, donor families, those waiting, caregivers, supporters and more. Heck, even Mitt Romney made an appearance one evening to watch some volleyball!

On my first day in the Salt Palace convention center, I ran into Russ Maynard from Team New England. I immediately recognized him, and he recognized me. Russ saw me struggling with my LVAD in the 2016 5k and he walked with me for a time and motivated me to power through and not cut short the race. I kept going, falling further and further behind the crowd until there was no one left in sight from the race. As I turned the corner for the final leg, Amy came back to walk with me after finishing her race. When we approached the finish line, Amy rallied a crew of people to cheer me to the finish line. Among them was Russ who walked with me to the finish line. It was so great to see him and catch up and show him that I didn’t have the LVAD anymore, but this beautiful new heart that allows me to finish these races in roughly half the time. I also got to see Jenny again and meet her mom Dorothea (Russ’ wife).

It was wonderful sharing stories with others who have walked a similar road as me. Despite that fact, each story is completely miraculous in it’s own way. That’s the magic of organ donation. It saves lives! It continues stories!

Please say an extra prayer for Bob’s family as they are approaching a really painful anniversary of Bob’s passing. #ThanksBob

July 31, 2018

The Transplant Games of America are upon us and I leave for Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday morning. I’m so excited and so nervous. This will be my first time on an airplane in nearly five years.

Two years ago, the Games were a lot closer (Cleveland). We had a great time, but I was missing a key component to be eligible to compete…a transplanted heart. This time, I am eligible and hopeful I can manage to snag a medal in one of these five events: 5k race (no chance of medaling), Texas Holdem (it’s a game of chance, so who knows?), Trivia (I’ll be on a team of five, I am a font of useless information, so this is probably my best bet), Badminton and Darts. I have little to no skill in either of these. I’m just hoping not too many in my age group and I can sneak a medal.

More so than the Games, it’s great to meet people from all over the country to swap stories and make new friends.

I’ll be posting a lot of pictures and hopefully videos on Instagram and Twitter @journey4ce as well as on Facebook. Follow along if you like!


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July 17, 2018

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Transplant Alliance Foundation, Inc

August 10, 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 9, 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