Cash’s Story

Our son Cash was born on January 15th 2016. We found out that he had a heart problem when he was about 12 hours old. That moment right there changed our whole world. He was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a big muscular heart. At his six week check-up with his first cardiologist we were informed that his heart had gotten remarkably worse over the course of two weeks and we needed to get to Denver Children’s Hospital immediately. Everyone agreed that he needed a new heart, and without one, he would only live a matter of weeks. He was listed for transplant on March 11th 2016. We waited 51 days and on May 1st he received the gift of life. His new heart came from a beautiful little girl named Ellianna in Texas. Seven days after his transplant we were released from the hospital and moved into an apartment a few miles away so we could be close for his daily appointments.Three months later we were finally able to go home and try our best to be a normal family. We knew when we listed him for transplant what that would mean for another family. That another family would have to lose their child so we could keep ours. There are no words we can say to them that carry the weight that we feel they should. They made an amazing choice at the worst moment of their lives. This was the most amazing gift that one family can give another family. We owe them everything.”

-Written by Cash’s parents