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I celebrate the person I have become from knowing him

Posted Feb 13 2011 4:31pm

Robert Kimani Mungai was born Nov 3 1975 and passed away on Feb 13th 2007 from CHD. Kimmie was the first person with CHD I actually connected with. Growing up there weren’t many of us around and most were a lot younger then I. It wasn’t until college in one fateful night which brought us into the same dorm room. Where he whispered in my ear “I know you’re secret” then lifted my hand and said my nails use to be blue too.

Kimani and I were an odd couple he was 6’3 from Kenya and I was 5’2 from Massachusetts US but we had the same story. Kimmie taught me about living life despite of our heart issues. He was constantly moving forward and having a CHD was an afterthought. He always had something he was planning, something to say, and a Kenyan story to go along with it. He always believed in now, and moving to the future.

He use to joke that his CHD was like a paper cut compared to mine but yet he died at age 31, and here I am at age 32. It makes you realize that any CHD can be deadly at anytime of your life, but it doesn’t mean you have to stop fighting for your dreams. So today I celebrate the person I have become from knowing him and I still carry on the fight.
Teri (HRHS)
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