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 until February of 2012 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 Facebook group “Organ Transplant Initiative.” We also have a website www.organti.org that boasts abundance of information including our video “From the Bottom of My Donor’s Heart.”and my blog on WordPress, “Bob’s Newheart.”
I love all of that activity but never one to sit idle and missing the profession from which heart disease forced me to retire I re-started “The Aronson Communications Group,” which includes three expert colleagues.
We live in Jacksonville, Florida with our two dogs Riley 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 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 four years as the first Anchor for Morning Edition on the Minnesota Public Radio Network; was the Communications director for a Minnesota Governor and before that held positions as a broadcast journalist at several Midwest facilities.
When I have time, my hobbies include reading, music and woodworking. Two 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 just 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 a 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.