Gary Press Heart Repair


If you know Gary Press, you know that behind the gruff voice lies an extremely generous man willing to go the second mile to help the people around him. Out of deep admiration for Gary, we, his family and friends, have decided to open this GoFundMe account and invite you to make a difference in his life.

Despite his hard work ethic and sharp intelligence, Gary has battled underemployment for the last six years. And in the face of the many challenges, Gary tenaciously moves forward. Instead of becoming embittered by his challenges, Gary has become better. Much better. The adversity has transformed Gary into a man of deep faith.


Back in 2002 Gary was first diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, with only traces of regurgitation. A few weeks ago, Gary underwent an echocardiogram and doctors discovered that the heart defect has progressed and become chronic. The left side of his heart is becoming enlarged due to the massive amounts of regurgitation from the left atrium back into the left ventricle. Every day that passes, his condition worsens.


On April 15, Dr. Kevin Miller, Gary’s surgeon, will conduct a mitral valve repair on Gary’s heart at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. The hope is that Dr. Miller can perform the surgery by going under Gary’s arm, which is far less invasive.  If unsuccessful he will need to go through the sternum via the traditional open heart method.

 Dr. Miller estimates Gary will be in the hospital for 5-7 days post-surgery then another 5-7 weeks at home depending on which way they perform the surgery and barring any complications. 

 As you can imagine, being unable to work for up to seven weeks on an already tight budget can present a tremendous strain on finances. Obviously, his wife Lara won’t be able to work as much because she’ll need to take care of Gary.


Between now and April 15, we have set a goal of raising $13,000 for the following:

$7,500 to meet the insurance deductible

$5,500 income replacement

$13,000 TOTAL

Your generous gift, small or large, will allow Gary to focus on getting healthy—apart from the stress of trying to figure out how to pay the bills.

To say the least, the Press family is overwhelmingly grateful for your gifts and your prayers. Gary’s recovery will be yet another challenge.

We, his family and friends, can’t thank you enough for your support of this courageous family.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Michael J Klassen
Lakewood, CO
Gary Press

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