Posts Tagged ‘Brad Stokes’

Brad Stokes’ Third Chance at Life

September 17, 2009

Brad Stokes—on the road to recovery!

As far as Brad Stokes is concerned, liver transplants are like potato chips—he can’t have just one. I wrote in an earlier post about Brad’s first liver transplant back in August 1994 as well as his courageous wife, Heidi, who has lupus, and their mature-beyond-his-years son, Christian, who has type 1 diabetes.

Brad’s liver disease returned with a vengeance a few years ago and, barely hanging on to life, Brad received a second liver transplant on August 14, 2009. Today, more than a month later, his recovery is going well and he is grateful to be back among the living.

You can read all about Brad’s amazing journey in his CaringBridge journal, which began on August 8, six days before his life-saving transplant.

Here is an August 30 excerpt from that jornal written by Heidi:

I am sitting on the floor in Brad’s room with a mask on—I might (more…)

Heidi Stokes Wins the Triumph Award

October 26, 2008


Heidi Stokes

Yesterday, I wrote about how Heidi Stokes and her family have triumphed over a variety of health challenges. On April 18, 2008, in San Francisco, Heidi was presented with a very special award by the National Pain Foundation (NPF).

According to the NPF website, the Triumph Award is presented to an individual living with pain who has made a significant difference in the lives of others. It was presented to Heidi Stokes for her amazing courage and strength in the face of daily pain, for her ability to bring joy to those around her despite her own challenges, and for her example of finding beauty and possibility (more…)

The Courageous and Inspiring Stokes Family

October 25, 2008

I wrote this article a few years back about an amazing couple, Brad and Heidi Stokes. I’ve known Heidi for more than ten years and I am amazed at how she and her husband Brad cope with their family’s health challenges. May you be as inspired reading it as I was writing it!


Brad Stokes

Brad Stokes

It was Brad Stokes’ dying wish to build a professional audio studio in downtown Minneapolis.

It was early 1994 and his health was failing rapidly. Still, at age 35 and with a major business opportunity beckoning, Stokes knew it was time to act. Eight years earlier, he had been diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, the same liver disease that would claim the life of football great Walter Payton. But thanks to his ability to draw strength from the twin passions in his life—his wife, Heidi, and his dream of expanding his business—the fact that Stokes was awaiting a life-saving liver transplant seemed like nothing more than an inconvenience. (more…)