From the beginning I believed we needed to build a coalition in the organ transplant community. I’ve been a “connector” my entire life, so this plan of attack came naturally. When you put a bunch of passionate and intelligent people in the same room great things happen.
Those of us in this world have a bond that is near impossible to explain. Keep in mind that I never had an organ transplant. My brother needed a heart transplant and didn’t receive one in time and that’s why this blog and my journey to Brown exists.
So I reached out to a few folks and as expected, I heard back quickly. Kelly Perkins was one of them. Get this — Kelly had a heart transplant and afterwards climbed several mountains; including the Matterhorn in Switzerland, Kilimanjaro in Africa, and the Grand Traverse in Wyoming! That’s a massive accomplishment for anyone…let alone someone with a heart transplant. As I write this I’m shaking my head…truly amazing.
I worked in Jackson Hole for two summers in college. In fact, I worked there with my brother in 1999. The Grand Traverse is a MASSIVE undertaking. 10 summits! I’ve dreamed about doing this since I was an 18-year-old kid.
Kelly was kind enough to reply to my request to personally meet her (which I plan on doing shortly). It’s time to bring all the players together, all the ideas together, and change the world.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Sincerely, The Graduate (at Brown)