Rock from the Heart Aortic Health Symposium – Fargo
May 3, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Rock from the Heart’s mission is to support families from diagnosis to recovery by connecting them with resources and information that is often hard to find. Through concerts and education events. Rock from the Heart uses music to inspire and provide hope to people affected by aortic disease.
At Rock from the Heart, we realize that many families affected by aortic disease live on a fixed income. Your generous donations help keep the symposium FREE. Donations also allow us to keep the cost for dinner and the concert low, so that everyone has the opportunity to be part of the annual event.
Pete Johnson got the idea to combine his passion for music with education from top doctors while in a recovery room. “I had open heart surgery in 2017. I was told that I had a bicuspid aortic valve and an aneurism above that,” he said.
But all of the information Johnson came across talked about complications. “The internet is all doom and gloom, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, I wish there was some source out there that I could find to tell me about this, about the success stories,'” he said. “So I told my wife, Amy, and I said, ‘Hey, you know, once we’re on the other side of this, let’s do something musical to try and get people’s attention.'”
The event offers peace of mind by connecting patients and survivors with top surgeons from across the country to answer questions in a casual setting. “Rock from the Heart is as much a feeling as it is an event,” Johnson said.