In Memory of Francis Gritzmacher


Today marks the anniversary of Frank's Lung Transplant. On this day in 2014, in Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, he got the gift that gave him an extra life. He went from almost certainly dying within months, to living a nearly normal life for a number of years. To be able to travel, do things he never was capable of, visit friends all over the country, and make up for time spent under the cruel weight of CF. It also began the ritual of the periodic trips to NYC with him for clinic visits. I spent time with him on those trips that I would have missed otherwise and it was wonderful. I got to really know my son as an adult, a man, and we had great adventures along the way. It was mostly really special.

All this would not have been possible without organ transplants being a thing. I'd like to take this opportunity to ask everyone reading this to support organ donation and be an organ donor if you aren't already. You can sign up to give the gift of life online at or by visiting your MyDMV account in NY when you renew your drivers license.

We don't know who to thank for Frank's new lungs, but someone gave some thought before they met their own end and gave us a gift that was beyond any expectation. We can do the same thing for someone, possibly many someones, and pass the favor on. It would be a great way to remember Frank.
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Posted on 17 Dec 2020 by Al Gritzmacher
... I'm quite sure Frank would approve!
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Posted on 04 Nov 2020 by Al Gritzmacher
Frank's younger cousin, Jaelyn, posted this today about how she's remembering Frank.

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Posted on 02 Nov 2020 by Al Gritzmacher
It's been a long time since anything was posted here. In case anyone reads these (I doubt it.) I'll post something just to keep it active.

This Coronavirus shutdown is really a drag. I've been literally stuck at home. There is nothing to do. A big day to me is going to the grocery store. In fact, it's the best way I have right now to get even minimal exercise. I'm running out of things to watch on TV. Even Netflix is about tapped out. But enough about me.

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Posted on 27 Aug 2020 by Al Gritzmacher

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