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  • Loss of a friend

    The world lost a wonderful man yesterday. Chuck Morrell was a long time friend of the HCMA and one of our original members. Chuck had a long family history of HCM and had lost 5 family members. About 10 years ago Chuck had a heart transplant and had been working hard to raise awareness of HCM.

    He passed away yesterday, I am not sure of the reasons that lead to his passing.

    Chuck was a dear sweet man with a heart of gold. I will always remember his sense of humor and his smile. It is a comfort to know we have one of the good guys looking over us from above. (Yes Chuck - I know you made it in 'upstairs' regardless of what you use to tease about!)

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.

    Bless you Chuck and we will miss you!

    Your friend,
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

  • #2
    Bless Chuck and his family.


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3
      Even though Chuck was before my time, he is in a better place and may God bless his family and know Chuck is watching over you

      Diagnosed 2003
      Myectomy 2-23-2004
      Husband: Ken
      Son: John diagnosed 2004
      Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

      Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


      • #4
        I second what Shirley said. I did not know Chuck, but I am sorry to hear of his passing.

        May God bless him and his family.
        49 yrs. old
        Diagnosed at 31.
        Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
        First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
        Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
        Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
        My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
        2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.


        • #5
          I am so sorry and sad to hear this! Chuck is one of the very first people I "met" on the internet years ago after first learning Andrew had HCM. He was a wonderful person who held my hand a lot through those first few years when I had so many questions and fears. The world truly lost a wonderful human being!

          My thoughts and prayers to his family and all who knew and loved him.
          mom to Andrew(HCM) 21 years old
          Diagnosed \'95 age 5
          Myectomy \'96 age 6
          ICD implant \'99 age 9
          First ICD shock (X2) \'04
          ICD replacement surgery \'05 age 15

          *And aunt to 7 year old Kenny who had HCM and suffered sudden death in gym class. (2/20/87 - 4/6/94)


          • #6
            My thoughts and prayers are with Chuck's family and friends, Linda


            • #7
              May Chuck rest in peace. May God reach out to his friends and family that are in sorrow, touch them and leave them with peace. Chuck's kindness and heart felt need to raise awareness of HCM was known by many. After the loss of many of his family to HCM and his own diagnosis he became an advocate for the condition. He truly will be missed by his daughter, Holly, and his many friends. I will miss him, too.

              I know that Holly continues the battle of HCM awareness, education and heart screenings in CA and across this country. Chuck was a founding member of their organization, A Heart 4 Sports, www.AHeartforSports.org, and was a great friend to many. We fight on in his honor and the honor & memory of those that have gone before us.

              God Bless Chuck and all the Morrell's in heaven!
              Love and Light,
              Sharon Bates


              • #8
                Chuck was the first person I ever talked to about HCM (I kept him on the phone forever). He was such a wonderful person. He was helpful, reassuring, and got me through a very difficult time (when I first learned that Keanu was born with HCM). He helped to get my husband and I screened at one of his screenings down in Anaheim in September of 2001. He did a lot of incredible work and touched so many lives. He will be sorely missed in our world, but a wonderful addition to his new life.

                My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

                God Bless You, Chuck!!!!

                Mom of Keanu
                4 years old (will be in March)
                Dx at 2 days old with Biventricular hypertrophy
                Dx at 6 weeks with HOCM
                Dx at 5 months with V-tach
                Dx at 3 with Noonan Syndrome