Unstoppable Heart: A mother’s memoir of life, loss and love

WSVN TV 7 News | Carmel Cafiero | Daniel Cohen


 WSVN — If you’ve ever thought about donating your organs, this story might help you make up your mind. It’s the journey of a South Florida family from triumph to tragedy and back again. Carmel Cafiero reports.

Maybe you remember Mark Londner, our friend and colleague here at 7News. For decades, he covered South Florida and the world with clarity and compassion.

Mark Londner: “From South Florida, they have come to Auschwitz. They have come on a pilgrimage of pain.”

Mark and his family also knew pain. He lost his fight with cancer in 2003, and before that, Mark lost his son Michael, who everybody called Mikey.

Ronnie Londner: “He had a brain hemorrhage on the third day of life due to his prematurity, which unfortunately is still pretty much a thing that happens with babies born as early as Mikey. He was 11 weeks early.”

Ronnie Londner, Mark’s widow and Mikey’s mom, has written a book about her family’s suffering and how out of that suffering came new life.

Ronnie Londner: “It was both dangerous in some ways to myself because I think it hurt me in some ways to do it, but I also had to do it.”

“Unstoppable Heart” tracks Mikey’s eight short years, his determination to deal with his physical disabilities and the impact of the decision to donate his organs. Continue reading

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