Fifteen year-old Connor Iwaoka is a sophomore at Appleton East High School/Tesla Engineering Charter School. He's a quiet kid who likes to read, hates to write, and loves his phone.
While on vacation in Florida last month, Connor was rushed to the hospital in Clearwater Beach. Doctors discovered a viral infection had ravaged Connor's heart. He was first airlifted to Tampa and then to Miami. Doctors determined that Connor, 15, will need a heart transplant.
On March 2, Connor was airlifted back to Wisconsin. Last Wednesday, doctors at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee installed an artificial heart in Connor's chest. He was sedated for nearly two days so the heart could safely bond with his body. He is sitting up and moving gently. A machine at the foot of his bed keeps the heart pumping and keeps Connor alive until a donor is found.
The road to recovery is long and uncertain. Not only has Connor's life been turned upside down but also those of his mother, sister, and other family members. In short, they need your help.
Here's how we can help Connor.
- We can donate money. The family was basically stranded in Florida for two weeks; Connor's mother has had to take time off work; the family will be back and forth between Appleton and Milwaukee for the next four-to-six weeks. Please consider a monetary donation to help Connor and his mom Michele.
- We can share this campaign with others. Please consider asking your friends, family and co-workers to contribute to Connor's Go Fund Me.
- We can provide moral support. Cards and notes of encouragement are greatly appreciated by Connor and his family. Please consider sending a card to let Connor know we're thinking about him. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding mail.