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September 8, 2003
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FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF TOM CHRISTERSON
HOLD EVENTS IN HIS HONOR
Golf Tournament Held September 11, American Heart Association Walk
Is September 13
Louisville, KY – The family and friends of
artificial heart patient Tom Christerson are honoring his legacy
through two events:
Central City Golf Tournament on September 11 at 1 p.m.
The Tom Christerson Memorial Golf Scramble begins with a 1 p.m.
Central Time tee off Thursday, September 11 at the Central City
Country Club. The Central City Lions and Rotary Clubs, groups
that Christerson was active in, sponsor the event, which is in
its first year. A Golf Clinic will be held at 6 p.m., followed
by dinner. An entry fee of $50 includes golf and dinner.
The money raised at the event will benefit the Tom Christerson
and Family Nursing Scholarship, established by the Grand Lakes
Yacht Club through the Jewish Hospital Foundation. Christerson’s
friends created the scholarship to recognize the outstanding nursing
care Tom received while he was a patient at Jewish Hospital. The
scholarship will be used to train Jewish Hospital employers who
want to advance their careers in the cardiovascular field.
‘Tom’s Team’ Walks in American Heart Association
Event September 13 at 9 a.m.
Members of the Christerson family will walk to help raise money
for the American Heart Association during the organization’s
Heart Walk. The walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 13, at
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Tom Christerson’s wife, Speedy,
his son Ken, his daughter, Patti Pryor, his granddaughter, Kelly
Binkley, and his great granddaughter Ellen Binkley and other family
members will join some of the staff who cared for Christerson while
he was a patient at Jewish Hospital. Together, they make up “Tom’s
Team,” to walk in his honor.
Both events are near the date Christerson underwent his landmark
surgery. On September 13, 2001, a Jewish Hospital/University of
Louisville team, led by surgeons Laman Gray, M.D., and Rob Dowling,
M.D., implanted the AbioCor® Implantable Replacement Heart.
Christerson was the second person in the world to receive the heart
and was the first artificial heart patient to return home. Christerson
lived with his heart for 17 months before he died on February 7,
Donations for the Tom Christerson Nursing Scholarship Fund can
be sent to Jewish Hospital Foundation, 200 Abraham Flexner Way,
Louisville, KY 40202. Donations for the Heart Walk can be sent
to the American Heart Association, 333 Guthrie Street, Louisville,
Jewish Hospital is one of the premier heart hospitals in the United
States, dedicated to excellence in clinical care, research and
education. Jewish Hospital has been the site of many “firsts,” including
the world’s first and second successful AbioCor® artificial
heart implants and the world’s first and nation’s second
successful hand transplant.