The following was read at our 2012 GoodHearts Foundation Dinner:
We would like to take a few moments to remember
those we have lost this past year. One of the most difficult aspects about working in the transplant community is the fact that we sometimes lose good people too soon. We especially want to remember Kevin Fankhanel.
Kevin passed away in the spring of this year. He was one of the founding members of GoodHearts. One of the first to join the board, he was a very active member and director. Kevin served as vice-president, chair of the transplant housing committee and editor of the newsletter.
Kevin spearheaded the GoodHearts cookbook project. The book was published and delivered to his home shortly before Kevin was hospitalized in February.
He was especially proud of the cookbook, just as he was of the progress the transplant support group had made during the past five years. Kevin was always keen to volunteer, whether it was to help with the Patient Education Day, the Candlelight Service, this dinner, and raising organ and tissue donor awareness.
Kevin is remembered as a friend, founder and supporter of GoodHearts. He is greatly missed.