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After Michael’s Heart Valve Replacement, The Rogers Family Turn Lemons Into “Lemon-Aid”

Posted by Adam Pick on July 6th, 2011

I am consistently inspired by the patients and caregivers that make-up this community.

For example… I just learned that the Rogers family, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, recently held a fundraiser to raise awareness for Heart Valve Journals, our social network, and our charitable efforts.  As you might know, Michael Rogers, 18, underwent pulmonary heart valve replacement surgery on June 2, 2011.

Teenager Patient In Hospital

In a journal posted yesterday, Linda Rogers, Michael’s mother, writes, “It seems like just yesterday I began this Journal so that we could keep our dear family and friends updated on Michael’s progress through the surgery and recovery period. It’s been 35 days since Michael’s surgery and we’re so thankful and blessed that he is doing great!”

“Lemon-Aid” At The Rogers 4th of July Golf Cart Parade

As for their charitable support of, Linda writes:

“Michael’s big brother – Dan, his wife Debi and nieces, Isabelle and Olivia participate each year in the neighborhood 4th of July Golf Cart Parade. This year, they chose the theme of a “Lemon-Aid” stand, selling cups of lemonade for $1 to raise money to support this awesome resource – Heart Valve Journals and the Gift of Life Foundation. We’re proud to say they raised over $400! We are so blessed to have family and friends – and NEW friends — that have been so supportive of Michael and this incredible experience. T H A N K  Y O U ! !” — Linda Rogers

Needless to say, I was overwhelmed to read about this. Thanks to the Rogers family for all of their help. I am so happy to hear about their positive experience using Heart Valve Journals. Most importantly, I could not be happier knowing that Dr. Mark Bleiweis was able to work his surgical magic on Michael.

Dr. Mark Bleiweis With Michael Rogers, His Patient
Michael with Dr. Mark Bleiweis, University of Florida

Keep on tickin’ Michael and the entire Rogers family!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick A dad, a husband and a patient, Adam Pick founded this website in 2006 to educate you about heart valve surgery from diagnosis to recovery.
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Steve Falor says on July 7th, 2011 at 1:23 pm


As a fellow resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, I attended the golf cart parade and saw your entry. Nicely done!

I am also recovering from valve surgery. It has been 7 months and I am doing very well.

If I can be of help or answer any questions please feel free to call me. Listen to your Drs and your body.

Steve Falor


Ricky (a female) says on July 7th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

KEEP ON, KEEPIN ON MICHAEL. You seem to have a very loving family and
that also REALLY HELPS.

Adam,Thanks for putting this,”neighborhood ” together for all of


denny satorius jr says on July 10th, 2011 at 8:36 am

hello rogers family….i underwent ,emergency mitral valve surgery on may 29th 2011,it was a success but it has also been very trying…my father underwent open heart on july 26th of 2010….he is very insecure and i am trying to break him out of his hiding…………i just want to say congrats and good luck in the future……seems your family can teach my family and a lot of others ……a bunch…..i am very thankful for you and myself,todays surgeons,nurses and the medical areas are so much more advanced and caring…….my email is so if i can help anybody,i have great ears..and i am pretty funny…..thanx to adam for this and all the stories on this blog……
denny satorius jr(42)


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