I cannot believe it. In one week, we will be flying over the Atlantic on our way to beautiful South Africa. We cannot thank all of you enough for your role in this once in a lifetime journey. By the way, we did it. We met our goal in fundraising. It really shows that if you truly believe in something, it can be done. Again, words cannot thank you enough!!!
Hey everyone! The official countdown has begun. We are down to thirty days and on our last push to finish up our fundraising. My brother Joe has offered to match any donation that comes in. So, if you were waiting, now is the time. Chris has been training and feels great!
Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! My Uncle Joe Mudroch has proposed a challenge. He has said that he will match anyone's donation dollar to dollar that hasn't been committed already. Let's make him think twice about this and really assist in his donation. ;)
Don't think he is an innocent sweet guy all of the time. He has been known to send high calorie treats to sabotage diets. My mom said, "Try being a younger sister and going on a date." He even impersonated being a senator.
He laughed and encouraged me to tell people about him so he would have to pay. Let's help him out.
Donate today(Any amount is fine as it really will be double), and we shall see what the "Senator" has to say.
Hey everyone!!! The Howards Grove Lions Club has pledged their support of me! They are having a brat fry today(Memorial Day) with a set amount of the proceeds to help send me to THE GAMES. If you get a chance, stop out for an easy, yet tasty lunch. It runs from 10 til 2 at Memorial Park, Howards Grove. Thanks Howards Grove Lions Club!!!
I got a call from my transplant coordinator today about my cardiac stress test I did last week. She stated that I not only did my personal best, but she said it was the best that any heart transplant recipient has ever done at Children's Hospital!
We are getting so close to the goal. Thanks again for all your support.
Well, we certainly battled the elements during our brat fry yesterday. We don't have the final total yet, but the turnout was amazing!!! I wanted to send out a big thank you to all who attended and to all who helped or donated to our cause. So, if I forget anyone, please forgive me.
First up are the great grill masters-Matt Spieth(Thanks Dad), Dave Miller, and Jim Risseeuw. Then there were our great sales girls- Morgan Risseeuw, Maggie Murphy, Emilie Burkhardt, and Anna Beining. Our bake sale crew- Nona Beining, Manda Niemann, Janelle Teunissen, and June Miller. Runners were Sara Risseeuw, and Anne (Mom)Spieth. Our brat fry guru was Kelly Bertram. Bakery was supplied by our workers along with Sheila Niemann, Peggy Hayes, Jody Kott, and Sue Timm. Chuck Kiehl was kind enough to man our Organ Donation Info table. Last but not least, Tammy Niffenegger donated her time and gas to drive to Wausau and back to get Erin so no one else would have to.
Once again, THANK YOU, EVERYONE!!! I am so honored to have you in my life.
That should have been me. You know, that kid that you hear about on the news that fell over on the basketball court and didn't survive. That easily could have been me. Either way, at age 15, my life changed forever.
In April 2010, I presented as a mystery case to the hospital. Everything pointed to a gallbladder attack, and I was going to have it removed. Little did the doctors know, it was failing because my heart was not functioning correctly. I actually had dilated cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, and myocarditis. My gallbladder was acting up because my body was protecting my vital organs and the gallbladder isn't one of them.
At first my doctors thought this might be related to Celiac's Disease as I have that as well. They later ruled that out and said they believed it was due to a virus. We will never really know for sure.
Either way, I ended up needing a heart transplant in June 2010. It was a gift that I have cherished ever since.
Two years after receiving this gift, I decided to partake in the Transplant Games of America in 2012 representing . I went there expecting to do well, but I never expected to dominate in my division. I took gold in the 100m, the 200m, and the long jump. With that, I had the second fastest 100 m dash out of all of the divisions. I had the fastest 200m dash and the longest distance for long jump out of all the competitors.
Now, I want to take on the world. I am looking for financial help with going to the 2013 World Transplant Games where I would represent not only Howards Grove, Wisconsin, but also the United States of America.
I cannot thank you enough for assisting me on my journey.
It does not matter if you win or not, it matters if you do your best. As Walt Disney once said, "Its kind of fun to do the impossible." Have fun at the World Transplant Games.
You inspire all of us with your accomplishments.
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