Jacob Kilby is a local surfer from San Diego. He is currently on the heart transplant list for the second time. At age two his first heart was given to him and now 16 years later he will need another. Jacob is 19 and has to put his whole life on hold. He doesn’t have the luxury of experiencing college and surfing everyday because he has to make the many doctors’ appointments and be available for health alerts. Many of us get these luxuries. It’s important that we raise awareness so everyone has these luxuries. Everyone should be able to have a life full of surfing!
Jacob is currently at level 2 on the heart transplant waiting list. At this level his health will begin to deteriorate. This isn’t fair to Jacob or others like him. The truth is there just isn’t that many organs out there for people like Jacob. We need to help spread awareness about Organ Donation because it really does save so many lives. Unfortunately a heart transplant costs about 100,000 dollars and Jacob comes from a low-income family with two younger brothers and a single mother. We all know those aren’t the only fees that the hospital is going to charge.
Jacob through his passion in surfing is raising awareness regarding Organ Donation. Jacob has already swept through the media with his inspiring story. He has starred in pro surfer, Jamie O’Brien’s, surf video, was in an article on “The Surf Channel”, and today at La Jolla Shores he will be surfing with Ricochet—the surf dog. Not to mention he was also in the San Diego news. It’s important to spread awareness about Organ donation. It may save a life. Check out Jacob Kilby’s full story and give your support at their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006290959414).
You can also give donations to help Jacob and his family. (https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/0lf5/jacob-s-heart-live-your-life-today-).
Check out the Waves of the Heart Campaign with Surf Dog Ricochet. (http://www.surfdogricochet.com/waves-of-the-heart.html).
Or Check out the news article on Jacob. (http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/San-Diego-teen-needs-second-heart-transplant-278619441.html).