JR's Healthy Heart

On April 26th, JR and Bridget were blindsided by a trip to the ER. JR was at work and began experiencing chest pain, and shortness of breath. His boss, (who cares a great deal about him) forced him to leave and get medical attention. After a trip to Convenient Care, then to the Cayuga Med ER, he was admitted and began a long journey of tests. On day 2, with no real answers, he was transferred by ambulance to Strong Memorial in Rochester, where he was admitted to their highly renowned cardiac unit.  His heart was only working at 20% and they needed to diagnose and treat him.  
JR works for a local contractor and does not have medical insurance, despite the fact that Bridget has been actively trying to secure something affordable for them. Neither of them could have known that it would've been so essential at this time in their lives.
JR has been officially diagnosed with Acute Combined Systolic and diastolic Congestive Heart Failure and Ventricular Tachycardia.
Big words that have changed their lives. He will have to wear a "life vest", which acts like a pacemaker. It will monitor his heart and send a signal to shock it if he needs it.  This diagnosis has been devastating, and a complete lifestyle change for JR and Bridget. It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, so I'm taking this leap of faith and asking for donations to help them offset the medical costs and allow them to continue to put his health first. 
JR was admitted for a week and put through multiple, expensive tests. Even with insurance, medical bills can be a financial burden, that's why they need our help.


  • Theresa Souchet 
    • $50 
    • 24 mos
  • Judy Wagner 
    • $50 
    • 26 mos
  • Dawn Plue 
    • $100 
    • 26 mos
  • Ingrid McWilliams 
    • $200 
    • 26 mos
  • Judy Wayno 
    • $200 
    • 26 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Lisa Amato 
Ithaca, NY
Bridget Salay 
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