I am writing this story on behalf of my younger brother who has shown incredible strength during the last 10 years while dealing with an array of complex medical problems. If there is anyone who truly deserves a "break" it is my brother Brian.
The story begins 10 years ago when he was diagnosed with acute renal failure and needed to go on dialysis at age 25. Unfortunately, his disease was already end stage and we rapidly moved to a kidney transplant in December 2007. He recovered well and had some minor setbacks along the way but was fortunate enough to get married and was blessed with a son and daughter several years later.
Unfortunately, he was developed signs of congestive heart failure in January 2018 and an echocardiogram confirmed he had severely depressed heart function. His heart was so weak he had a large blood clot inside his heart chamber. He stabilized on medications but unfortunately his heart did not fully recover. He then passed out while pushing his 2 year old daughter in a stroller in a parking lot (my poor niece toppling over in the stroller) in October 2018. He ended up having a defibrillator placed. He became severely ill in November with both heart and kidney failure due to adenovirus ("the common cold") which can be fatal for an immunosuppressed patient. He spent 2 weeks in the hospital but thankfully, he recovered with anti-viral medication.
As you can imagine, he is not able to work and cannot afford a gym membership. In addition, given his immunosuppressed state, it is not ideal to be out in public at a gym. Exercising is essential to help keep him both mentally and physically fit. Exercising at home on the Peloton is the ideal work out as he would be out of the public realm and can closely monitor his output and HR (so he does not get an inappropriate ICD shock!)
As a Peloton rider since 2016, my brother's kidney donor, and his "unofficial cardiologist", please consider him for this gracious gift of the Peloton.