January Patient of the Month: Sean Semon

In 2005, Sean was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy after a virus attacked his heart. He woke up in the middle of the night unable to breathe, and doctors ultimately decided the best treatment was to implant a defibrillator. However, while he was on the operating table, the surgeon decided that at just 28 years old Sean was too young for the procedure and attempted to treat his illness with medications instead.

Two years later, Sean collapsed at work, and finally had the defibrillator implanted to assist his heart functions. In 2010, his defibrillator was put to the test when it shocked him to save his life. Doctors have told Sean a heart transplant is now critical to his survival.

Before he can be added to the transplant waiting list, Sean must raise $150,000 to prove he can pay the out-of-pocket expenses for the procedure.

Sean, a former semi-professional football player, looks forward to the lifesaving transplant that will allow him to once again live a healthy, active lifestyle. Sean wants nothing more than to spend many more years watching his four nephews and two nieces grow up. But he needs your help.

Throughout his health battle, Sean and his family have learned so much and have been very humbled by the experience. They want to start a nonprofit organization to open a camp for children with heart problems. He dreams of kids running and playing with others, while learning to cope with their disability.

To read more about Sean or to make a donation in his honor, visit his web bio on the NFT website.