April 26, 2015 |
Jacob Hafer was in a hurry on Friday. He wanted to get the Berks Catholic 4x100 relay team off to a fast start in its race at the 121st Penn Relays. He also wanted to get back to the Reading area in time to prepare for his senior prom. Hafer has a busy life. A good life. A miraculous life. "Someone died so I could live," Hafer said in a stark and poignant description of his special place in this world as the recipient of a heart transplant. Hafer, a thoughtful 19-year-old, will be the first to say that every day is special for him. But some days are more special than others.
December 7, 2014 |
STEVE CUNNINGHAM has won 28 professional fights, is a two-time IBF cruiserweight world champion and only 2 months ago defended his USBA heavyweight belt. The Philadelphia boxer's daughter won a much bigger battle yesterday. Kennedy Cunningham, 9, who since birth has had a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, had a successful heart transplant yesterday at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Kennedy's story has garnered national attention since it was shared on the NBC Sports Network's telecast of Cunningham's April victory over Amir Mansour at the Liacouras Center.
December 1, 2014 |
Rebecca Voltmer watches her classmates run through a dress rehearsal of You Can't Take It With You , the 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. It's hell week - theater-speak for the days before opening night - and the Abington Senior High School cast is amped. Rebecca stands a curtain fold from being on stage, blond hair sliding over her shoulders, arms hugging her gray sweatshirt, smiling at a funny line. And then longing captures her face. She so wants to be out there, bathed in the footlights, exchanging lines with the other actors.
November 26, 2014 |
WHEN JALEEL Benton awoke in his North Philadelphia home in early October, he had an uncomfortable feeling in his chest. Once a shy and socially anxious youngster, Benton had found a measure of confidence on the football field. The 6-5, 375-pound nose guard for Prep Charter hadn't grown up immersed in the game. In fact, he didn't play high school ball at all until his junior year. Nevertheless, a passion developed quickly. However, on that morning, Benton, now a senior, had no idea the game he loved would be taken away forever.
June 17, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - Erik Compton has never won a PGA Tour event. He nearly picked a heckuva place to start. Many knew his story. Now it's out there for real. He had a heart transplant when he was 12. Then he had to have another 6 years ago. At 34, he's living his dreams. Or perhaps he's exceeding them. "It's a really special moment," he said yesterday at Pinehurst No. 2, after finishing a distant second to a guy who was pretty much unbeatable. "Nobody was catching [Martin Kaymer]
June 17, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - All one needs to know about Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, could be found Sunday by his play on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open after Martin Kaymer already had cemented the victory. "I hit the world's worst shot in to the green and got up and down" for par, Compton said after tying for second place with Rickie Fowler in only his second Open appearance. "You can't ever give up. We all have adversity in our lives. Some are different than others, some are more major.
June 16, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - Erik Compton is one of the best stories at the U.S. Open, particularly when you consider that six years ago he watched the national championship on television at his Florida home less than a month removed from his second heart transplant. So many know about Compton's story that they forget he can play some golf, too. He proved that Saturday by firing a 3-under-par 67 - one of only two sub-par scores in the third round - and moving into a tie for second place at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club's No. 2 course.
May 18, 2014 |
When Frank ONeill's heart was failing, what saved his life was a heart transplant. But what improved his quality of life and the strength of his peripheral muscles before his transplant was an individually tailored exercise program that he paid for out of pocket - $300 for six sessions - at Lankenau Heart Institute, part of Main Line Health. Now, for the first time, Medicare will cover cardiac rehabilitation programs for patients suffering from "stable, chronic heart failure," according to a February decision memo from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
March 28, 2014 |
Robert Goodman says a new heart hasn't made him a new man. Not yet, anyway. "I haven't quite gotten to the point of waking up every day and saying, 'I'm glad I'm alive,' although I do think about that," says the Westampton resident, 62. "I'm more amazed that I was almost dead, and nobody really knew it. Not even me. " Goodman, who's married and has a daughter in college, is a longtime runner and fitness buff. He wanted to avoid the fate of his dad, who died of a heart attack, at 50, "five months before my bar mitzvah.
December 12, 2013 |
Martin Burman, 69, of Blue Bell, a Pennsylvania worker's compensation judge who survived with a heart transplant for almost 25 years, died Sunday, Dec. 8, of a heart attack at home. Mr. Burman first experienced heart trouble on his honeymoon, said his wife, the former Lorraine Buchanan. Two years later, he underwent only the 159th heart transplant to be performed at Temple University Hospital. It was an earlier time in transplants, and Mr. Burman was told he had five years to live.