Richard A. Wilds
Richard A. Wilds created the “Help A Heart” Fund ten years ago after he had a heart transplant at TGH. While Rick was recovering, he saw other patients experience problems affording the post-transplant medications, which are vital to a full recovery. One gentleman who could not afford the $600+ a month medicine had to remain hospitalized in order for his insurance to provide the medication. Another young man was a college student who was unable to carry a full academic schedule after his transplant; as a result, he was dropped from his parents’ insurance coverage.
The Help A Heart Fund provided his medication for three months. Mr. Wilds has made a generous donation to this fund every year since his transplant. He hopes others will make additional contributions so that no patient will go without these expensive, but necessary medications. Rick is delighted that the Help A Heart Fund has helped over 30 heart transplant patients since he initiated it. He celebrated the ten-year anniversary of his heart transplant in the Spring of 2008.