Our Story

Short on time? Read the underlines! At 13 years young, Manny is well aware he has escaped death at least five times - God has an amazing purpose for him yet unfolding! (Check out Psalm 68:20 and Job 42:2.) Manny’s fight for life began in 2008 when at six weeks old, he turned blue and went limp in my arms. In the haze of shock, I heard my mother who...

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Emmanuel Lee

Apex, NC

Transplant Type: Heart

Transplant Status: Waiting for Transplant

Goal: $65,000.00

Raised: $104,612 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 171 contributors


Another Milestone for Manny


After having not heard if he received his medical clearance yet from the DMV (even though we submitted all the approved paperwork in a timely manner), we were... Continue Reading »

Tribute to Mike Wu, Beloved Brother in Christ & Supporter of COTA for Manny


Before we ring in 2024, we wanted to share a Merry Christmas 2023 from our family to yours: We thank God that He sustained Manny's heart for another... Continue Reading »

Hay, Pumpkin!


The cooler fall weather is finally here, praise God!  Manny had a SUPER ENCOURAGING check-up at Duke early this month in which we learned his incision is FINALLY... Continue Reading »

A Gargantuan Gift


It's been a super eventful month for our family, with Manny now serving as Secretary of the National Homeschool Honor Society this year which is indeed a great... Continue Reading »

Post-Op Pics and a Prayer Request!


NOTE: Please jump to the very end for an urgent prayer request if you are inclined to pray. On July 27th, we eagerly checked in to Duke Children's... Continue Reading »

Let Freedom (of Arm Movement) Ring (Briefly)!


Why was it utterly urgent for Manny to get in one last frisbee throwing session today?!  Or to enjoy one last summer jump in the lake with church... Continue Reading »

6 Ds – What Could They Be?!


It's decidedly deliberate that we have 6 definitive developments to describe and display this month: 1. These double DOORS showed up one morning in front of our house! Hmmm, what... Continue Reading »

Happy May Mothers Month!


It's a blessing being Manny's mom! After returning from Texas to celebrate Manny's grandfather's life, we hit the ground running to finish up Manny's school year and June... Continue Reading »



For the first time ever, we skipped last month’s blog post due to the tragic death of Manny’s beloved grandfather on March 28th, 2023.  Tracy’s father sadly passed... Continue Reading »