Two runners have one heart in common

TMC NEWS | Christine Hall
From left, Shae Brown and Fred Miller at the Chevron Houston Marathon.
The Chevron Houston Marathon attracts athletes from all over the world who are connected by a love of running.

This year’s marathon, on January 14, included two runners connected by one heart. Shae Brown of Shiner, Texas, and Fred Miller of Glencoe, Ill., ran the half marathon together.

Their common bond? A transplanted heart donated through LifeGift to Brown in May 2013 by Miller’s daughter, Alyssa, who died at 24 after a long illness.

Brown and Miller ran together for the first time in October 2017 at the Chicago Marathon. This time they met in Houston, where Brown had her heart transplant. Cardiologist Reynolds Delgado III, M.D., medical director of mechanical assist devices in heart failure for the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, performed the surgery at Baylor St. Luke’s.

Despite receiving Alyssa’s heart in 2013, Brown and her husband, Joe, didn’t meet the Millers—Fred, his wife Barbara and Alyssa’s twin, Eva—until 2016. Continue reading

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