Tinman's Hike for the Gift of Life!

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“I am the vessel for my donor’s heart. I shall honor it, cherish it and respect it by placing one foot in front of the other!”

This was me in September of 2012 after a near death experience that is when I was told I was going to die if I didn't get a new heart.

My name is Bill. I will soon be 63.  My Story is a long one, but I'll try to keep this short. Three years ago I was given the Gift Of Life . I had spent the greater portion of 2012 & 2013 in the CICU at Loyola University Medical Center Hospital . My heart was failing and my organs were starting to shut down and I wasn't expecpting to walk out of the hoppital at that point. Luckiky 3am January 1st, 2014 I was awaken by the entire staff of the CICU wishing a Happy New Year and tell me they had found a heart for me.

Video & Soundtrack :  This was done by the DailyHearald last year as I was preparing for the Appalachian Trail.

 I have made it my mission to honor my  donor by raising Oragan & Tissue awareness. I intend to be the first recorded heart transplant to hike the Appalachian Trail and in the process hope to register 2,190 new Organ & Tissue donors.  My intended start date is 4/14/2017 leaving form Springer Mtn, Ga heading North to Baxter State Park in Maine.  I have put together the funds for my gear and the hike itself, but I need your help covering the costs of the six monthly trips on and off the trail for medical testing and check ups. 

I have already registered 22 new donors thru the link on my website at-tinman.com. My entire story can be found there. Each donor I register can affect the lives of up to a dozen people of the over 200,000 individuals that are now on different waiting lists.

My sincere thanks for you time and hopefully your generousity.

Bill "Tinman" Spence
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I recently registered two new Organ & Tissue donors through my the link on at-tinman.com site. I am currently at 6% of my gofundme goal. Like most of you I live on a tight budget and I understand your thoughts when someone comes to you with their hand out. I don't expect any large donations. Give what you can, every little bit helps. I would rather have a bunch of smaller donations that only a few larger ones, because that means my message is reaching more people.

My many thanks. Bill "Tinman" Spence
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Video & Sound track http://bcove.me/fgq3m4za, this was done last year and the numbers continue to grow. I need your help!
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36 months ago I was being prepared to receive my new heart. god bless my donor and their family for the Gift of Life that they bestowed to me. Without it I would not be able to spending this morning with my daughter, son-in-law and my 6 grandkids. My hike is to help the others who are in hospital beds or at home waiting for their call to come
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I am seeing results from my rehab the knees are coming along nicely the muscles in the legs are building muscle mass and the therapist says I'll be ready to go for my April 14 th start date. I still need your help with the funds I need to get to and from the trail for my monthly medical visits for testing and blood work. I also ask that you share my website at-tinman.com with your friends and spread the word of my mission to register 2,190 new Organ & Tissue Donors.
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$235 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 24 months
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Created December 20, 2016
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Connie Bishop
21 months ago

I met you last April at Springer Mtn as you began your 20116 hike. Always wondered how that went. All good luck to you! Hike on!

bo cantrell
22 months ago

good luck

As a heart transplant patient I wish you the best of luck.

AnDrea Martin
23 months ago

I wish you the best!

23 months ago
Barney Scout Mann
23 months ago

Bill, I am 65 and will be doing the AT southbound this year. I hope to see you out there. Scout

bill nugent
24 months ago

Good luck on your journey.

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