Brandon is a fun-loving 8-year-old who loves reading, being outdoors and playing with his friends. At just 5 months of age, Brandon was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, meaning one chamber of his heart was larger than the other three. With the help of the cardiology team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Brandon’s parents were able to manage his health with medication and regular checkups. For five years this was his routine, until it became evident that medicine alone could no longer help Brandon. He needed a heart transplant. Brandon received his new heart on June 21, 2009, and has been in good health ever since. Thanks to the “gift of life” and his team of doctors at Nationwide Children’s, Brandon is now able to keep up with his friends, enjoying swim classes and playing video games!