Mended Hearts: Offering The Gift of Hope
by Kelly Taylor
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Womens Butterfly Crew
A soft, durable high end jersey with a slim, fitted style. We suggest sizing up or ordering the Fellowman Crew if you like a slouchy tee.
Womens Butterfly Tri and Tri V
A tri-blend material that is pre-shrunk, extremely soft, comfortable, and stretchy with a slim, fitted style. We suggest sizing up or ordering one of the Fellowman styles if you like a slouchy tee.
Womens Butterfly Burnout Tank
A soft, comfortable, stretchy, high end jersey with a slim, fitted style. This garment runs small, we suggest sizing up for a more true-to-size fit.
Mens Fellowman Tri and Tri V
A tri-blend material that is preshrunk , extremely soft, comfortable, and stretchy with a slim, fitted style. This style is thinner and less forgiving, but much softer than the regular Fellowman Crew.
Mens Fellowman Crew
A soft, durable high end jersey with a true-to-size fit. This style also looks great on women!
Unisex Hero Hoody
A tri-blend material that is pre-shrunk, extremely soft, comfortable, and stretchy. This style follows men’s sizing and is roomy so women, size down if you want a more true-to-size fit.
You can also read about the garment fabrics and styles in the Heart U section of our website!
Nick and his good friend Sarah
By Kelly Taylor-
My motivation for running a campaign in the name of my good friend Nick Hunter is to raise awareness for the organization Mended Hearts, which was a huge support for him and part of his last few years with us. Nick was formally diagnosed with congestive heart failure in November 2010, a genetic disorder called dilated cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy causes ventricles of the heart to become weak and lose their ability to pump blood with sufficient pressure to reach the rest of the body which causes the organ to weaken. In September 2012, Nick suffered a few complications and tribulations from his failing heart, but was optimistic and lucky to receive a heart transplant that was successful and started his journey to recovery.
Nick and his sister Jess
Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families, and friends for 60 years. They provide the ability for patients to talk about hope and resilience of their “mended hearts” while providing support to others facing the same experience and challenges, if not personally, through the loved ones close to them. Mended Hearts offers services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums.
Nick’s tenacious outlook on life and caring characteristics are a few things that many of us close to him remember dearly. He was a resilient, outgoing individual who lived life to the fullest and always put others before himself. Nick was determined to stay positive in times that may have been dark during his struggles, yet continued to find ways to inspire others. He is a son, brother, and good friend to many of us who will miss him dearly but always remember his lust for life and perseverance during times of adversity. Nick’s struggles came to an end on July 6th 2013 at the young age of 31.
Nick’s dear friend Ruth Robinson had a few kind words to include in his story:
“When I think of Nick, I can’t help but call to mind lyrics from our mutually beloved Ms. Britney Jean Spears: ‘There’s only two types of people in the world. The ones that entertain, and the ones that observe.’ And anyone who had the opportunity to meet Nick knew exactly what kind of person he was. But not only did he entertain, he was memorable for his intellect, wit, caring, and no-holds-barred approach to life. Don’t let his predilection for pop throw you off – Nick was a genuine and ardent friend who could talk for hours about the important things in life, like family, passion, career aspirations and most importantly to me, friendship. He lives on in the hearts and minds of the HUNDREDS of people he touched in so many ways. And every day we can honor him by living life to the fullest, and perhaps, by dancing around to a silly pop song.” -Ruth
Nick and Bella!
Mended Hearts’ mission is to “inspire hope in heart disease patients and their families.” The Mended Hearts family was a huge support during Nick’s pre and post surgery recovery. By telling this story, I hope to raise awareness for Mended Hearts in honor of my dear friend Nick Hunter, who was associated with the Central Ohio Chapter.
All funds raised will be given to Mended Hearts Central Ohio Chapter.
Nick and his Family
For more information on Mended Hearts, click on the links below.