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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 (11)

May 20, 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.

February 15, 2018

Just completed my anniversary angiogram since my transplant 2 years ago. As you can see we are about half way to our goal to help with still crushing bills that we incurred. Please share our story so that we can meet our goal. Thank you.

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Guestbook

December 6, 2018

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

Deborah Link

December 5, 2018

Help is on the way brother...

Skeetman!!!

January 20, 2017

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.

Candy

October 25, 2016

Thank you so much for your service. I live in Las Vegas and would be happy meet you! God bless you Sir.

Debbie Persi