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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 (14)

May 15, 2021

Hey all, here’s my latest update. Previously I had to go to UCLA for a procedure to check on heart function. It was both costly and nerve racking. Being immuno compromised the stress of travel with increased personal safety measures takes it toll. I’ve recently gotten my immunization but being a heart transplant patient it only buys me 25% more protection from Covid. Life is even more unsure due to the changing guidance from the CDC. I must head back to UCLA soon and the financial, emotional and physical stress is quadrupled.

December 2, 2020

This year has demanded a lot from everyone: political unease, fear of the pandemic and an uncertain future. For me being immune compromised has only heightened with the chances of possible contraction of C19. The precautions we’ve taken in home & my family members all working in concert have ensured that it hopefully will not happen. The financial burden has not lessened and the struggle continues to survive whatever gets throw at us.

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Guestbook

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...

Skeetman!!!

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.

Candy