65 year old Duane was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and he loves Buffalo. He played football at the University of Buffalo where he graduated. He and his wife Sheila have raised their son and daughter and have been blessed with both a grandson and a granddaughter as well.
Duane was recently diagnosed with amyloidosis which is a rare disorder causing build up of protein in your tissues. It can affect different organs. His mom had the same disorder and in her case it affected her kidneys. For Duane it is his heart and the only thing to help him now is a heart transplant.
We arrive at Duane’s room and he is sitting up in the chair chatting with the staff. He looks amazing for a man in desperate need of a heart. He is tall and handsome, brown eyes and a dynamite smile with a small perfectly placed gap between his gleaming white teeth. He stands as we assist him onto the cot and several staff gather to wish him the best.
Once connected to our monitor and secured to the cot the crew lifts it up. Duane then places his sunglasses on his face and now looks like royalty as everyone begins to surround him for this once in a lifetime “kodak moment”. He has definitely made many friends here and done everything that he can to make this a positive experience.
We return to the airport and pray prior to boarding Nellie. During our flight we found out that Duane retired as an electrician and Sheila as a special education teacher. Besides loving Buffalo he loves to golf. He still has 3 childhood buddies that he has had since kindergarten who all stay in close touch. They all gather together at different times of the year making time for golf and fellowship.
At last we have arrived in Ft. Lauderdale. We begin our trip to the new facility where they are more hopeful for the chances of a new heart for Duane. Sheila had left Cleveland earlier this week and will be making arrangements to fly down and be with Duane as soon as she can.
Once at the clinic the staff come in to welcome and assess Duane. I told them that we would like to pray with him and we joined hands. After our prayer was over the transportation team was waiting to whisk him off for some necessary procedures.
Please keep Duane in your prayers for not only a new heart but for total and complete recovery.
I DO WISH, BROTHER, THAT I MAY HAVE SOME BENEFIT FROM YOU I
N THE LORD; REFRESH MY HEART IN CHRIST.
hank you to Hal, Jason and Mike for sharing this mission with me.
Shelli Engle RN