Change Of Heart Support Group

Meeting November 10th
Holiday Party Dec. 8th

A Message from the President Tony Mankus
Hello everyone. We had a nice Thanksgiving Party/Meeting on November 10 at the Life Center. Al and Esther provided the turkey and dressing, while the rest of the atten-dees brought sides and desserts. After the meal and meeting, there were three lucky people who won the door prizes (a $50 gift card and two $25 gift cards). Congratulations to them.

Our annual Christmas Party is scheduled for December 8, 2018. You can purchase your tickets ahead of time by contacting Rosemary Burke (see first page for telephone number and email address). During our Christmas Party, we will be eating a nice meal, and if you bring a wrapped present, you will be able to participate in our most interesting gift exchange, which I explained in the last newsletter.

January and February Anniversaries have been included in the December Newsletter since we will not be publishing another Newsletter until March of 2019. There will be no COH Meetings until March since the weather can be very unpredictable in January and February. And some people head South for vacations. Therefore I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Stay safe and dress warmly.

Obituary for Charles Eaton

Charles E. Eaton, 86, of Ft. Thomas, KY, passed away on February 2, 2017 at his home in Ft. Thomas. Charles was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ft. Thomas, and a Korean War Army Veteran. He was the owner of Charles Eaton Hair Styling, with shops in Ft. Thomas, Mt. Washington, Mariemont, and Cincinnati. Charles was a huge supporter of Life Center, and the Change of Heart Transplant Support Group and on May 1, 2000 Charles received a donor heart. At the time Charles was the second oldest person to receive a donor heart defying all odds. Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Cuma (Peggy) Eaton. Charles is survived by his daughters, Carolyn James, and Terri Rouse, his grandchildren, Julie Meyer, Molly Brown, Kyle James, Katie Rouse, and Brad Rouse. Charles is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday February 6, 2017 at the Dobbling Funeral Home 106 S. Ft. Thomas Ave. in Ft. Thomas, KY. Funeral Ceremony will be 1:00 PM Monday February 6, 2017 at Dobbling Funeral Home. Burial will take place in St. Stephen Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Change of Heart transplant support group 5886 Hayden Dr. Middletown, OH 45042, or the First Baptist Church of Ft. Thomas 600 Ft. Thomas Ave. Ft.Thomas, KY 41075.

Online condolences can begiven at

Read Charles Eaton's Personal story HERE.

Did you attend the 2016 Christmas Party?
Each year we host a wonderful Christmas party and dinner. Good socializing with folks who understand the special needs of transplant recipients.

Heart Transplant Picnic 2012

Upset Tummy?

This PDF article speaks to the importance of keeping your doctor informed about stomach upset problems and managing side effects of transplant medications.
GI (gastrointestinal) upset is one of the more common, but less severe side effects caused by some transplant medications.

  • GI Upset PDF Doc
    Are You Donation Savvy?

    This PDF details how to join the Ohio Donor Registry. Many organs and tissues can be donated to help save the lives of those in need. Please consider joining the registry so that you can help extend the lives of your fellow citizens.

  • Donation Information PDF Doc

    December 2018 Newsletter:

    Read an online version of our newsletter that was mailed out.


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    Books Of Interest

    A novel by John A. Elefteriades, MD. Medical Fiction, Bending medical ethics. A fast read that keeps pages turning.

    "Cold Hands, Warm Heart"
    By Jill Wolfson A novel of teens going through transplants.



    Personal Stories

    A Change Of Heart

    On Easter Sunday, March 31, 1991, I had a change of heart – literally!  On that date I was the joyful recipient of a heart transplant.  A procedure that had become almost routine to the medical profession was an answer to prayer to me in the form of a 20th century miracle.



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