|Some of the OSCR participants|
|Bob Gies (right) skiing the OSCR 10K, January 29, 2012|
|A heart for the race and a smile that says it all!|
Bob went through cardiac rehab following his surgery and found the monitoring reassuring as he gradually healed and recovered his stamina. Sometime in 2011, he decided to enter this race, a true cardiovascular challenge.
As Bob approached the finish line, do you wonder what he was thinking? Many things, perhaps. Awe for the amazing things inside his chest - a man-made, tissue aortic valve faithfully opening and closing with every heart beat, the Dacron graft taking the pressure of the blood gushing out of his heart, and the "remodeled" electrical pathways - all the things that surgery had given him.
Bob carried something else inside his heart as he powered through those trails on his skis - tremendous gratitude for the skilled hands of his surgeon, who gave his heart, his life, back to him again.
Yes, Bob had the heart for this race! He finished!