Ava a.k.a Ava Kaufman
Ava is a Mom, an inspiration and a true miracle. Ava's healthy life came to an abrupt stop when she found herself in hospital with a failed heart. After 10 intense days of being kept alive by machines, Ava received a heart transplant, just in time to save her life. After her recovery, Ava, a Cancer survivor and former dancer, dedicated her life to helping others. Ava volunteered at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center helping hundreds of candidates, transplant recipients and their families, through their transplant journey. Her story was featured on "NBC Nightly News." Ava established a non-profit, Ava's Heart, which provides support for transplant candidates and recipients. Ava is an Ambassador of Donate Life and helps to create awareness on Organ Donation. Ava's most important role is being a loving Mom to her daughter Jade. She still has a passion for dance and dances every week! In her 'heartfelt' blog, Ava shares the stories of inspirational mother's on the same journey as her.
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Have you heard the old adage "He who laughs last, laughs longest?!" Well, as it turns out, it's true in more ways than one.
I often think of how fortunate I was to get a heart when I did, as I would not be here today otherwise.
Hi everyone! I just wanted to personally thank ModernMom for featuring my DWTS blog and everyone who took the time to read it and comment. Jade and I are on our way to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to participate in Sanford Health's Fitness Initiative. Tina Hill, my partner in Twist Shape ur Life and I are going to get 15 thousand kids moving! It's going to be fantastic!
My 14-year-old daughter Jade, reminded me the other day that I had made her a promise when I laid in the hospital for almost 4 months totally unable to move. She was 11 at the time and I finally was able to speak mid-March. My transplant was on February 21st (my birthday.)
The last two years have been an incredible journey for myself and my now 14 year old daughter, Jade. In February of 2009, I was in need of a heart. I was given days to live and received a heart on my 59th birthday. I thank my donor family everyday. Since this is my first blog and we are just getting to know one another, I had a whole introduction planned. However, this past week, I went to the Donate Life Hollywood Inspire Awards.