My name is Amy Johnson, and my husband, Pete, and I recently started the Rock from the Heart project. Pete is a musician (drummer) and had surgery last July to repair an ascending aortic aneurysm and replace his aortic valve. We know how fortunate he was that his condition was diagnosed in time to save his life. Before his surgery, Pete said, “if I survive this, I want to do something BIG to help others. I don’t want to just go on with life. I want to make a difference.” So, last December we came up with the Rock from the Heart idea. We reached out to several organizations and ended up partnering with the John Ritter Foundation and are planning the Rock from the Heart concert to raise awareness. Since your organization is also focused on the cause, we wanted to get the information to you.

Here is a link to our website:

The concert (scheduled for Feb 2019) will feature a nationally known music act and held at the Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis (seats 1000). Tickets will be $49 for the concert and $200 for a special VIP reception prior to the concert (at which some local and national celebrities will be in attendance.) We plan to announce the event and open ticket sales in mid to late August, but we are starting to pull together our event volunteers and fundraising efforts now. I’m reaching out to other organizations who might be willing to help us in some way, whether it is getting involved in the event planning/ fundraising, attending the event, or simply sharing the event (once the date is closer).

Let me know if you’d like to be involved in some way. Below are links to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Our mission is to raise awareness for aortic health, providing accurate information about bicuspid valve disease and aortic aneurysms by reaching out to the community through music.

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Here is a photo of me, my husband Pete, and Tia and Carin from Aortic Hope – they came out to see Pete drum last night:

Amy Johnson

Event Chair/ Project Director

Rock from the Heart