Not long after Dean graduated from High School, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and that is where this journey began. As a part of the cancer treatments that saved his life, he received radiation to his chest that helped to eradicate the cancer cells. Although Dean was healed from this cancer, the radiation caused damage to his heart and surrounding arteries that resulted in a need for open heart surgery with multiple bypasses at a young age. This provided him about 10 years relief before a second open heart surgery with more bypasses was needed. These open heart surgeries would not serve as a cure but more of a patch. As time passed and more scar tissue and hardening developed, Dean struggled more and more with doing daily activities. With each hearth caths to watch for changes and to see if additional repairs could be made, it became obvious that it was time to consider the need for a new heart (valves, arteries and the whole package included). Dean was placed on the tranplant list for UT Southwestern in Dallas about 16 months ago. About a month ago with his breathing becoming more difficult and chest pain worsening, his team of doctors made the decision to upgrade his level moving him up on the list and made the recommendation that he be moved up on the Regional Transplant list as well. As of this weekend, Dean was waiting to hear if that would be approved which would move him up on the list for the Region (states surrounding TX). On Sunday afternoon, God had other plans. Instead, his doctor said . . . "I wanted to tell you personally that I have the "Perfect" heart for you"!