About Bob Aronson
On August 21, 2007 I received a new heart at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. All these years later I am very active, happy and loving life. God bless my donor and his family. His generosity toward a complete stranger will never be forgotten.
Following my transplant I split my time between two obsessions. One was helping my wife and caregiver, Robin, establish her “Jinglers Jewelry” art business and the other is promoting organ donation.
I have established and will continue to operate my over 3,000 member Facebook group “Organ Transplant Initiative.” I also post regularly on my WordPress blog, Bob’s Newheart. Our timely and relevant topics reach thousands of people every month in 142 countries around the world. With over 200 blogs, we believe we can truly say that if you need information about transplantation/donation issues Bob’s Newheart is a treasure chest of information. Check it out, leave a comment and let us know if there’s a topic you’d like us to write about.
Robin and I live in Jacksonville, Florida with our two dogs Reilly the main dog and Ziggy the backup. We are a very happy family. My gratitude to my donor, his family and the Mayo Clinic is beyond my ability to express. Suffice it to say I will do whatever is in my power to promote organ and tissue donation and to help support everyone affected by the issue.
I am a former journalist, governor’s press secretary and communications consultant. I am also a political junkie. Originally from Minnesota I am married (Robin) have three children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
My three grown children are Colleen Hegranes Executive Vice President St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, Roger Aronson a Minneapolis, Minnesota Attorney, and Harryet (Hank) Freeman the best history teacher at Woodbury, Minnesota High school. Robin’s son my stepson, Tim Grant, is an an outstanding electrician here in Jacksonville
For over a quarter of a century leading up to my transplant I was a private communications consultant specializing in healthcare. My very first client was the Mayo Clinic. I also worked with 3M health care, UNOS, LIfeSource, Dartmouth University Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center and CH2M HILL, one of the nation’s largest environmental engineering firms. Prior to being a consultant I served for nearly four years as the first Anchor for Morning Edition on the Minnesota Public Radio Network; was the Communications director for Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich fromm 1974 to 1978 and before that held positions as a broadcast journalist at several midwest facilities.
When I have time, my hobbies include reading, music and woodworking. four years ago I completed building a scale model of the mom and pop grocery store my parents ran for 50 years in Chisholm, Minnesota. They were wonderful people who instilled in me a very strong work ethic and a sense of fairness and equality. I also recnetly finished building a dollhouse for granddaughter Lily Grant.
I have a brother and sister of which I am very proud. They are twins. Terry is a Minnesota District Court Judge and Mary retired but still the best 3rd grade teacher in America. My wife Robin is a caregiver, musician, artist, entrepreneur and the best friend I have. There is no way I could find words to express the admiration, respect and love that I have for my wife.
One more thing. I am also a recovering Alcoholic and a former smoker. I emerged from a 28 day in-patient treatment program in August of 1982 and have managed to stay sober with the help of a lot of people both in and out of Alcoholics Anonymous.
I quit smoking in January of 1991 after a 37 year habit. It wasn’t easy but I’m living proof that it can be done.
I am available to anyone suffering from or affected by any addiction at any time through my email address firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone 904-434-6512.