The Daytona Beach News-Journal | Chris Graham
All Jack Giles needs is a heart.
Holly Hill residents are hoping to give him one.
A push is on to raise funds necessary to get the 43-year-old man on a waiting list to be eligible for a heart transplant.
“It’s a race against time,” said Belinda Heffner, co-owner of County Tire, which has been leading the fundraising charge.
Giles, owner of A Superior Lock & Security, suffered his first heart attack a day after his 30th birthday. Since then he’s suffered seven heart attacks and has had two open heart surgeries, leaving the functionality of his heart at about 10 percent.
“The heat gets to me,” he said. “I’m not able to do much.”
Giles had sought to get on a waiting list at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville but was turned back.
He was told by officials he would need a bank account with a minimum of $5,000 set aside to pay for medication during the first year after the heart transplant. He also does not have health insurance and has been waiting to get on Medicare.