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- 5 year old Ari Schultz waited 211 days for a heart transplant, receiving one on March 3
- Ari is fighting severe rejection in cardiac intensive care
- During Ari’s fight, the family of 5 lost their home to a mold infestation, and insurance won’t cover the losses
- The Schultzes are currently leading a campaign to save #100kLives by registering 12,500 new organ donors
UPDATE 4-18-17Help Save 100k Lives in Ari's Honor!
The world is watching and praying for 5-year-old heart transplant recipient, Ari “Danger” Schultz, whose viral video touched millions as he learned that a special heart had been found just for him. Meantime, April is National Donate Life Month. In honor of their son and his donor, Ari’s parents Mike and Erica Schultz have launched a campaign to to pay it forward to save 100,000 lives (#100kLives)
by enlisting over 12,500 new people to register as organ donors. [email protected] https://echoofhope.org/100klives/
For the Schultzes it has been an unimaginable rollercoaster ride. They waited and hoped they would get a new heart for Ari before it was too late, and then were elated when he finally received one after being on the donor list for 211 days. Shortly after surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital on March 3, 2017, Ari’s body began rejecting his new heart. He went into cardiac arrest. After weeks on life support and harrowing days of uncertainty, Ari, miraculously, is awake and resting in the cardiac intensive care unit. His fight is nowhere near over and he continues to battle like a champ.
Despite their son’s critical condition and the added adversity of losing their home to toxic black mold, the couple wanted to use this opportunity while the world was watching to do something positive to help others. For every person who pledges to be a donor, eight lives are saved and two more people are given the gift of sight. Mike and Erica’s goal is to inspire 12,500 new people to sign up to become organ donors, helping to save 100,000 lives.
“We have been absolutely blown away by generosity and the humanity we have encountered during this enormously difficult time for our family, but the single most important gift we have received is Ari’s new heart,” says Mike Schultz. “We think about the donor family and the enormous, selfless, life-saving choice they made during their most devastating moment. Our hope is to raise awareness for this important gift of life that people can give, especially if they plan. Erica and I have been completely focused on Ari, but want to take advantage of this crucial time during National Donate Life Month to help spread the word to save lives.
“Our son Ari is an inspiration to us. He’s taught us to be brave. He’s shown us how to fight. Our lives have been difficult recently. It would be easy to sit here and do nothing. But for Ari, and for every person and child waiting for the gift of a life-saving organ, we felt we could make a difference. So we’re doing what we can, and hoping people join us to help save #100kLives.”
Registering is fast, easy and secure. Simply visit https://www.echoofhope.org/100kLives for instructions on how to register online as an organ donor. It only takes a minute. Then share your decision with your family and within your social media channels to encourage others to join the cause. If you are already an organ donor, visit https://www.echoofhope.org/100kLives for how you can help as well.
For updates on Ari’s condition, visit https://echoofhope.org/
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Many of you have felt the struggle of missing a day of work to care for a sick child. But most could never imagine the toll it would take physically, emotionally and financially, to move into the hospital with their child; waiting for over 200 days for a heart donor, and praying the clock didn't run out before one came along. Our friends Mike and Erica Schultz had to do just that. Thank goodness for them, on March 3, 2017, their five year old son Ari "Danger" Schultz recevied the most precious gift - his new super heroic heart. But it's not just back to normal for this incredibly strong family. The new battle will be long, and they will most certainly endure an incredible financial burden as they focus on getting Ari the care he needs, while they also raise their two younger children.
Please donate to Ari's Medical Fund to support the Schultz family during this time.
Ari’s new heart began beating in his chest spontaneously at 11:32 p.m. on Friday, March 3.
Ari then started having serious rejection complications and was placed back in the ICU. At the same time, the Schultz Family found out there entire house was infested with Black Mold and needs to be torn down.
They are not ones to ask for help, so we are making it happen for them. Please help this amazing family.
For the entire Ari Schultz Story - please visit www.EchoOfHope.org