Ari's New Heart Medical Fund

For: The Schultz Family (Mike, Erica, Ari, Lexi, & Eli)
Boston, MA
Organizer: Danny Rosenberg
$56,540
of $250,000 goal.
Raised by 744 donors
22% Complete
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The Story

*** In Brief***

  • 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 4-18-17
Help 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/ or https://www.facebook.com/dangerschultz/

---- Original Post ---

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

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 19, 2017

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Posted on August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

Hello everyone. Today is Ari "Danger" Day - A Celebration of Life. Wanted to share the details in case you can make it. I will be there and would love meet you in person, please find me and say hello.

Event Details:

If you are in the Boston area COME JOIN US for Ari “Danger” Day, an afternoon of music, activities, food and drink to celebrate the life of young Ari Schultz. Ari "Danger" Schultz was an inspiration to us all because he lived life to it's fullest, always with a smile on his face.

This fun and exciting event, sponsored by The Greg Hill Foundation and Battle Road Brewing Company, will celebrate Ari's life and help support the Schultz family. Free parking and shuttle service just down the road at Honey Pot Hill Orchards, 138 Sudbury Rd., Stow, MA).

You can now purchase tickets through EventBrite at https://aridangerday.eventbrite.com/
Highlights include:
- Battle Road BBQ menu: 2 mini sliders/Sliced brisket with mac 'n cheese/Ribs with coleslaw (Food served from 1pm -5pm)
- Additional food from area food trucks
- Variety of brews/wine from Battle Road Brewing Company,
- Wachusett Brewing Company, Bolton Beer Works, Nashoba Winery. (Beer/wine service ends at 6pm)
- Live music featuring The Road Dawgs (at 5ish), Stow's very own Pompo (at 2ish), The Elements (at 12:30ish), and Wendy Darling and the Lost Boy (at 11:30ish) Times subject to change.
- Kids activities/games (including a visit from Paw Patrol)
- Volleyball, corn hole, bocce, horseshoes, swimming
- And more


- Approximately 80 premium parking spots at Pine Bluff ($10 at event on first come first serve basis) (Limited handicap/elderly parking available at Pine Bluff)
- Free parking just down the road at Honey Pot Orchards (138 Sudbury Rd., Stow, MA) with free shuttle to Pine Bluff
- Rain or shine event - no pets please
Other major sponsors include:
- Honey Pot Orchards
- PepsiCo
- Foxy Travel
- Wachusett Brewing Company
- Bolton Beer Works
- Nashoba Winery
- And numerous other supporters

Learn more about Ari at echoofhope.org
Learn more about rebuilding Ari’s home at https://www.erland.com/ari.html


Posted on August 5, 2017

Posted on August 5, 2017

Hello Ari Family,

Mike posted an incredible heartwarming tribute to Ari called, “To Ari, On Your Tenth Birthday.”

While I could copy and paste the message below, I ask that you click to read it directly. The images, descriptions and captions truly capture a life lived to the fullest in such a short time; and also what that life could have been.

Even as I type this update, I am wiping the tears from my eyes and fog from my glasses. This post is incredibly personal and moving. Please let it serve as a reminder to hold your family close, love them and cherish each and every moment.

The full post can be found here: https://echoofhope.org/2017/08/04/to-ari-on-your-tenth-birthday/

(copy and paste the link above in your browser if you have any problems)

Thank you all for being part of this journey in love and life. I will continue to send updates  

With much gratitude and appreciation,

Danny


Posted on July 21, 2017

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Posted on July 21, 2017

Update 7-21-2017
It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart, I am letting you know that Ari passed away peacefully this evening listening to the Red Sox.

There is more information and updates located on the Ari Danger Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/dangerschultz/

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all of you. 

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