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Our friend Keith Rickert is currently on a wait list for a heart transplant as a result of a his genetic heart disease Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy ...

Our friend Keith Rickert is currently on a wait list for a heart transplant as a result of a his genetic heart disease Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), a form of heart disease that usually appears in adulthood and causes part of the myocardium (heart muscle wall) to break down over time, increasing the risk of an abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia) and risk of sudden death, especially during any strenuous exercise. Keith's condition first presented itself suddenly 6 years ago while playing ball hockey where he suffered a near death experience and barely survived to tell the tale.

In 2007, Keith required emergency open heart surgery and installation of a defibrillator, and a 6 week hospital recovery to get back on his feet again. All this happening at a time when he was just finishing his Petroleum Technology program and preparing to start an exciting career in the NL Oil & Gas Industry, which became a struggle due to his condition and inability to work in an offshore environment. Today, Keith is employed by East Coast Tubular Ltd. as an onshore Materials Co-ordinator.

Keith and his lovely wife Kerri - who has been his rock through all the struggles over the past several years - were married this past June in Cuba. The couple have beautiful energetic two year old daughter, Lailah.

Over the course of the past 6 years since his diagnosis Keith has been leading a very restrictive lifestyle for a 34 year old guy, and in recent months his condition has been deteriorating. Sadly just 1 week following their wedding Keith and Kerri received the shocking news that Keith’s heart was functioning below 20% indicating early stage heart failure and the only course of treatment now is a Heart Transplant. Keith has been in and out of hospital recently with complications of ARVC, and is expected to re-locate to Ottawa to undergo extensive pre-transplant testing and wait for a compatible new heart to come available.

As you can imagine this is a very difficult and emotional time for this young family and they need our help and support to take on this long journey ahead. With the cost of flights, temporary accommodation, rentals , etc., not to mention the disruption to their income due to leave of absence from work for both Keith and Kerri, and the juggling of child care for their young daughter. They could be waiting for a suitable heart for a considerable period of time and then post transplant recovery afterwards.

Let's all come out and open our hearts (and wallets) and show Keith and his family that we are all behind them as they face this difficult journey, and wish Keith the best for a short wait and swift transplant recovery! Any form of support and assistance is very much appreciated by the family.

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