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2016 CATALOG OF CARING »

A Community of Support

Rick
Rick was born with a coarctation of the aorta – a condition in which an aorta is so narrow that it’s difficult for blood to be pumped through. Within days, he suffered from congestive heart failure.
That was just the beginning for Rick – he had his first surgery at age four and second at 13. Then, six years ago, he learned that he needed yet another surgery.
 
“This terrified me,” Rick said about his reaction to this news.
 
In need of support, Rick looked up a CFC-funded organization that serves people with congenital heart disease. Through the organization, he found the courage to not only make it through the surgery, but to also improve his way of life overall. 
 
“I met with members who gave me the hope to move forward confidently, hope that could only have come from someone who shared the experience of growing up with CHD.” Rick says. “Today, I lead an active life. I hike, work, travel – even my golf game is improving!”
 
The community of support provided to those who suffer from congenital heart disease by this organization is only possible through the generosity of people like you. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of people like Rick every day.