About the organization
Kyle's Heart is a not-for-profit organization that will support all Organ Donation Organizations, through fundraising, publicity events and all media outlets. It is intended to assist in educating the public as to the dire necessity of organ donation and to offer hope to those who need it the most. Kyle's Heart also offers scholarships to students in the state of Ohio.
In 2007, the Kyle's Heart Organization started out as a small non-profit entity that a few caring people put together and eventually formed into a Board. This organization was founded in memory of Kyle, after a tragic industrial accident that left him brain dead and ultimately ended his life.
About Kyle Hunlock
Kyle graduated from Bath in 2002 and benefited greatly from the excellent education that he gained there. The years that Kyle spent with teachers, coaches and classmates impacted his learning experience greatly.
Kyle graduated at the top of his class and was the captain of the football team. He was well rounded in his community involvement and also active in his local youth group.
Kyle always strived towards academic excellence and that drive took him to England as an exchange student during his Junior year in College. In June of 2006, Kyle graduated from the University of Toledo with his degree in Environmental Chemistry and a promising career before him.
The Board has used this model as the "standard criteria" for this scholarship program. Funding education for students to reach their goals is just one simple way that Kyle's family and friends would like to honor him.
About Jack Hunt
In 1992, Jack was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. It was a very severe case, and he was told he was not going to survive long time without a heart transplant. After years of struggling with a deteriorating heart, he was put on the transplant list. 8 weeks after being put on the transplanet list Kyle's heart became available, and he received the transplant on June 23, 2006. The procedure went so well that he was eating lunch 12 hours after surgery and his health was improving every day since.
After the transplant he decided to spend his time volunteering and giving back. In February 2007, a meeting over the phone was arranged by LifeCenter with, his donor's father, Carl. Carl and Jack decided to meet and team up to support heart research, organ donation, and much more. Their first project was the 2007 March American Heart Association's heart mini marathon which raised $14,000 for heart research. Their team was named "Kyle's Heart" and they made plans to go all over the country to help many causes.
Jack was able to live out an additional 11 and 1/2 years after the heart transplant but on January 28, 2018 he went to his eternal home.
The Kyle's Heart Foundation is currently striving to grow the principal funding in the Endowment for Education. The Board is planning on doing several fund-raisers over the next several years. Stay tuned to the News and Events tab for more information.