The community of Bloomington rallied together over the weekend to support the Hardy family in preparation for Micah Hardy’s life-changing surgery. A father of six young girls, Micah was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease, two decades ago. His condition deteriorated to the point where he recently made it onto the lung transplant list.
Once the call comes in that a matching lung has been found, Micah has just three hours to get to a hospital in St. Louis for the transplant. Following the surgery, he will spend three weeks in the hospital before embarking on at least three months of pulmonary rehab in St. Louis. To ensure that Micah’s absence causes minimal disruption to their lives, a silent auction was organized by St. Patrick Church of Merna and the Hardy family, with all proceeds designated towards supporting his family and caring for their home.
The overwhelming support from the community, local businesses, Corpus Christi Catholic School, and St. Patrick Church of Merna has touched the Hardy family deeply. Micah expressed gratitude for the donations and baskets that were put together, emphasizing the impact that these contributions have had on their lives. In reflecting on this challenging process, he described his emotions as waves crashing over him, ranging from excitement about the opportunities that await him to the apprehension surrounding the significant surgery and recovery process. Once he has fully recovered, Micah is eagerly looking forward to being an active participant in his daughters’ childhoods.
For those interested in supporting the Hardy family, donations can be made at the provided website.