Patient Contributors

Patient Contributors

Carin Andersen
Carin lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband. Her son is a sophomore at York College of Pennsylvania. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease more than 20 years ago, survived an aortic dissection 3 years ago, and is a co-founder of the 501(c)3 charity, Aortic Hope.


Bart Frazzitta
Bart learned in 1999 that he had stage III esophageal cancer. After receiving chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, he has been without evidence of this disease for 17 years. Bart pledged to help others beat esophageal cancer, so he, along with his wife Ginny, founded the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation (ECEF). As ECEF President, he is educating the public about esophageal cancer, walking the journey with patients who have the disease, and supporting research projects that will lead to early detection of esophageal cancer.


Paul K. Minifee, MD
Dr. Minifee is a pediatric surgeon who practices in Houston, TX. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an attending surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital.


Candice Monroe
Candice was 15 years old when she underwent a heart transplant in 2002 after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. She lives in Cleveland, OH, and works in employee development at a consumer food and beverage company.

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Lisa Rogers
Lisa and her husband live in Castroville, TX, with their two sons and two daughters. Their daughter Rileigh was born with a congenital heart disease known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). In November 2016, when she was almost 2 years old, Rileigh received a heart transplant. Lisa believes that, “Life has changed for the better, with us remembering that every day is as precious as the next.” In between her responsibilities as a full-time mom and wife, Lisa is working on earning her nursing license.