Greetings friends and family. As many of you know (or will know now), Jerry will facing open heart surgery in November to repair a wiley little chordae tendineae otherwise known as the strong, fibrous strings that attach to the leaflets (or cusps) of the mitral valve in the heart; these strings keep the valve functioning properly which.....is not happening at the moment. Surgery is scheduled for November 8 (yes, election day!) assuming he stays well. So welcome to our CaringBridge website where it will be used to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.