Skin Care Company Giving Back to Support Heart Transplant Patient

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Vintage Body Care to donate 50% of sales during busy Mother's Day buying weekend, May 6-8, to support family who is recovering from heart transplant surgery on April 15, and is also expecting their first child on Mother's Day.

Nate Miller the day after heart transplant surgery

I didn't start this company to get rich, I started it to make a difference.

Nate Miller, from St. Louis, MO, just underwent heart transplant surgery on April 15 after only 3 weeks on the transplant list at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. On April 16th, the day after his 4+ hour transplant operation he celebrated his 1-year anniversary with his wife Michelle. That would normally be more than any new, and young married couple can withstand in a year or lifetime, let alone in two days. But to complicate things even more, Nate and Michelle are expecting their first child, a son, on Mother's Day. A big 5-week period to be sure. To complicate matters even more for the couple, is that Nate will be off work for 4 months in cardiac rehab, and Michelle will be off for 2 months caring for their newborn baby. Not an ideal financial situation when you're starting a new life together.

When Eliza Russell, owner of Vintage Body Care in Casper, WY, learned of the events and tribulations of the Miller family through a friend on Facebook, she immediately tried to figure out a way to that she could help. Eliza is no stranger to transplants either. Not only did Eliza transport organs and transplant recipients during her time as a trauma flight nurse several years ago, but she also completed a military tour in Iraq as a nurse while serving her country. Said Eliza, "I have personally seen many people go on to have successful transplant operations across the country, but when I heard they celebrated their anniversary in the hospital and have a baby due in a matter of weeks I wanted to do something, anything, that could help this amazing couple get off to a great start when they become parents. I know the rehab that is involved with transplant surgeries. Their life would be tough enough even without the responsibility of a newborn, and then months going by without a full paycheck makes it really tough."

And step up she did. During what is already one of Eliza's busiest sales weekends for her handmade skin care line, the weekend before Mother's Day, Eliza will donate 50% of all sales from May 6th through May 8th to the Miller family to get them on their feet, and help with increasing medical costs. "I am a mother of two daughters myself, and the last thing you want after the birth of a child is added financial stress. Not to mention the stress of having dad limited in what he can do physically. So, I want to do my part to help them in this difficult, but rewarding time. I never started my Vintage Body Care business to get rich, I started it as a way to improve the health and lives of people, and also as a way for me to give back any way I can. When you give back you never go poor."

Eliza Russell can be reached at info(at)
Her business page can be found at

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