Tribute to a Heart Dad

Lauren&Frank

Lauren and Frank Celeskey

Today’s radio show is a tribute to Frank Celeskey. He came on the radio show back in Season 3 when the theme was Finding Your Voice and Frank was terrific about sharing his concerns and what it was like for him to watch Lauren grow up.

The title of the show Frank Celeskey was on was called “Parenting Changes: When Your CHD Warrior Becomes an Adult” and it was interesting to hear him and Alysanne Crymes discuss the changes they’ve endured watching their children — both born with critical congenital heart defects requiring surgery in infancy — grow up. Like many heart warriors, their children didn’t only have their heart defects to contend with, but other medical conditions as well. I enjoyed hearing Alysanne and Frank talk about how they dealt with that situation.

Lauren and her brother have started a GoFundMe page to help their mother with expenses for their younger brother. This death was totally unexpected and no financial arrangements had been made to take care of his son, who will be a senior in high school next year. Lauren and her older brother are doing what they can, as is their hardworking single mom, but any help from the heart community would be greatly appreciated.

Next week we’ll begin Season 8 of Heart to Heart with Anna. The theme for Season 8 is: Care for Adults with Congenital Heart Defects and we have a terrific line up of shows that we are so excited about! Please tune in to hear Frank’s show, if you haven’t done so already and be prepared for next week’s brand new episode!

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