February 2016

In 2014, Ryan Sopko, of Manville, N.J., lost his health battle while awaiting a lifesaving heart transplant. He was just 30 years old.

Sopko’s family remembers him as someone with a passion for living, who brightened everyone’s day with positive energy and contagious smile.

Sevierville, Tenn., Feb. 1, 2016– After experiencing swelling in his legs and visiting his doctor, Gary Grismore, of Sevierville, was sent to the hospital for additional tests. Soon after, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and was flown by helicopter to a larger hospital.