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June 2, 2020

Helen Nance

Acid reflux. That’s what doctors initially thought Helen Nance was suffering from. Her primary doctor listened to her complaints of nausea and did an ultrasound. The tests were inconclusive, so they set up an endoscopy for the following day. That way, doctors could use a camera to look down her esophagus to see what was going on. Unfortunately, for Helen, she never made it to that appointment.

April 15, 2020

John Ozols

While the risks are low, there is still a possibility of men developing breast cancer. That possibility became very real for John Ozols, who at 72 had settled comfortably into retirement. At 6’6”, a retired engineer living in Seneca, SC, his days included doing work around the house, his love for puttering in full force.

February 25, 2020

Bill Wild

From the age of 14, Bill Wild knew he had a heart condition. His pediatrician detected a slight heart murmur and sent him in for additional tests. Doctors diagnosed Bill with bicuspid aortic valve, a congenital condition in which the main artery that leads to the body—the aorta—has two cusps instead of three. It is one of the most common congenital heart defects, affecting about 20 per 1000 babies born.

November 19, 2019

Margot Halpin

Margot Halpin was born at Mount Sinai in New York City with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Three months later the Halpin family moved to Chapel Hill and met with the Cardiology & Surgery teams at UNC Children’s Hospital NC Pediatric Heart Center to plan her care.

November 7, 2019

Jett Leahy

Suzi Leahy was told her son Jett had little chance of survival. He was born with a congenital heart defect that ultimately required a heart transplant before the age of one. Suzi, her family, and the team at the NC Children’s Heart Center at UNC Children’s Hospital fought for Jett’s life.

August 5, 2019

Doug Neumann

After seeing a Facebook post about a friend in need of a kidney, Doug Neumann, filled out the paperwork to see if he would be a match and ultimately a living kidney donor. Doug hit challenges during the testing process but was able to connect with Amy Woodard, the Kidney Transplant Coordinator at UNC, who cleared the way in making the kidney donation a reality.