One Day in December This account describes what happened to three individuals with Thoracic Aortic Disease (TAD) on the same day in December 2004. The TAD details are factual, but the personal details and time line are altered to protect privacy. Any similarity to actual individuals and families is unintended. Read the story here.
Beloved Wife of Lawrence, Mother of Sydney and Logan
Carrie Godbey was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome as a young girl. She also was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. She lost her life on June 26, 2006, to aortic dissection following the birth of her twins. Read Carrie’s Story Here.
Creating a Climate of Hope, an Atmosphere of Caring, and Information for All
September 19, 1971 - September 20, 2004
Doug lost his life suddenly while at work due to aortic rupture. He had an undiagnosed BAV and aortic aneurysm, and had experienced chest pain 18 months prior to his death. Read Doug’s Story Here.
In July 2003, Ken Simon went to the ER with chest pain. After several hours, they were preparing to send him home when he lost his life there due to undiagnosed aortic dissection. Ken’s story is shared by his wife, Jennifer. Find Ken’s Story Here.
Roses of Remembrance
These roses are here in memory of all those, from the youngest to the oldest, who have lost their lives to BAV and other forms of TAD.
Sahib Singh Vaseer
July 7, 1995 - March 23, 2006
Beloved Son of Kaval and Nina Vaseer and Brother of Priya
Here we share Sahib's story, written by the Vaseer family. It is a story of great love,
beginning joyously with the birth of a beautiful baby boy. Parents reading this will
enter in to the precious memories . . . those happy days of childhood, the first day
of school, the first football game . . . . They will also understand the worry when
there is fever and head ache, the numbing fear when a child becomes seriously ill.
But perhaps it is only those who have themselves lost a child who will fully
understand the indescribable pain, the shock, the sorrow of losing a dearly
A loving husband, devoted father, best friend to his brothers. An active, vibrant man in the prime of his life. Chuck was snatched away from them in a moment, without warning. Why? Chuck was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, and on April 15th, 2012, complications related to that valve suddenly ended his life. Read Chuck’s story here.