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At the young age of 25, Ken Hampton quit his bank job to join the U.S. Army and dedicate his life to fulfill his patriotic duty. He would still be serving his country as a Military Police Officer, if it wasn’t for a devastating heart problem that sidelined him.

While serving his country overseas in Korea, Ken contracted a serious virus, which unbeknownst to his doctors at the time, severely weakened his heart muscles. Ken was medically discharged from the Army, when they later discovered he was suffering from a severe case of cardiomyopathy, or a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump and deliver blood to the rest of Ken’s body. This condition led to heart failure, and Ken now needs a lifesaving heart transplant. Without a transplant, Ken will remain in the hospital and continue to grow sicker each day that passes — his time here will eventually run out.

Updates (12)

April 27, 2020

With the current unsurety of the viral assault on our nation taking place, I thought it was time for an update. Being immuno-suppressed the precautions I’m taking have not come without heartfelt consequences. I cannot see my grandchildren now, no live virus inoculations, scheduled medical exams and vital procedures have had to be postponed, add in the exposure threat from handling mail or currency all come together to just elevate stress and worry. Bills and other financial responsibilities still loom heavily and it’s a struggle to keep pace. Without family & friends it would be very difficult to get through.

May 16, 2019

Please excuse my lack of updates but I have been enjoying the never-ending curiosity and wonder of my twin granddaughters, who just turned 4 years old

After a recent checkup trip to UCLA (this time for an angiogram), I was left with some severe nerve and muscle pain in my right wrist and forearm. Although my doctors said this was a common aftereffect of the procedure, the pain did not go away. I eventually needed an additional ultrasound — it revealed a blocked artery (Subclavian Arterial Blockage) in my right shoulder. Had this not been caught it could have resulted in sudden dizziness, loss of vision, stroke or even a heart attack.

The blockage can be managed with a stint, and I’ve already scheduled surgery in June. This means an unexpected trip to UCLA for a minimum of 3 days to put in the stint, yet another unforeseen financial expense. Finding out about the blocked artery at least gave me and my family an answer about what was going on, but still causes immense stress. I will post an update after the surgery, but am once again asking for you to share my story on your social networks.

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October 16, 2019

Hope you will get your heart!

Manuel Mojica

December 5, 2018

Thank you for your service and I hope you are doing ok.

Deborah Link

December 5, 2018

Help is on the way brother...


December 21, 2016

Hey Ken. Glad I checked in. Sorry I missed the November campaign day. I enjoyed "Ken Hampton, Fun with Heart Transplants" video. You sound healthy in the video so hope you are still doing well for the holidays.