Many of you know that Bill has been managing a congenital heart condition, known as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, since the mid 1990’s. Over the last few years, his heart function has declined, affecting his livelihood as well as his activities. In March, Bill was placed on standby to receive a heart transplant with a Status 1B, which allows him to wait at home until a donor heart becomes available. The long-term wait in our region is typically a maximum of 90 days, but Bill could be called for transplant at any time.
All of us who know and love Bill understand that it is his greatest wish to get back to cycling, both in the studio as a cycling instructor, as well as our ride leader in the great outdoors. We can’t wait for that day to come. We miss his endless stream of corny jokes, as well as the fastest flat tire changes known to man. Cycling, indoors or out, has not been the same without him!
April 17, 2016
It's April 17th 2016 and 10 months since my heart transplant. Happy National Donate Life month! Just got home from the Gift of Life "Donor Dash" that started at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! I walked the 3K with Kathy and Zach in honor of my donor and his family. If you are not an organ donor yet, please take the 60 seconds to register. Peoples lives depend on it! Had my donor not registered, I wouldn't be doing this today. "You have just one life to live, but eight lives to give!" (TM)
June 22, 2015
Bill received the Gift of Life, his new heart, on Wednesday, June 17th! He's recovering beautifully at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and sends everyone his love and thanks for all of the support he has received throughout this journey. The heart that Bill received is strong and steady and we are extremely grateful for the second chance that a brave and generous donor has provided to him. Please send your prayers or good thoughts to that person and that person's family, as well as to Bill as he begins his recovery.
May 13, 2015
We can't thank everyone enough for the overwhelming support. "SPIN FOR SOLOWAY" was a complete success!!!!! We will update the campaign album soon so all those who are not Facebook users can enjoy the great moments that were captured that evening. Please know we are deeply touched as we read through these lovely and inspiring messages and view the list of those who have generously donated. Some of you folks haven't even met Bill yet! But fear not, we will have more opportunities to come together and enjoy each other's company. Not everyone bikes, but everyone eats, right?! Just a little clue...Until then, remember, wake up every day grateful for the good health you have.
May 13, 2015
Hey Bill, all the Capparelli's are praying for you. We know you will come through with flying colors when this is all over. Can't keep a good man down!
Love, Uncle Manny and PA
May 13, 2015
I wish you only wonderful things from here on out!
Deb Nohstadt Clayton