Gordon “Gordy” Bauer, age 92
Gordy is very humble when
discussing his extensive volunteer resume. “I enjoy what I’m doing, and I can’t
make it any plainer,” he says. As a
retired Navy diesel engineer, Bauer has a particular interest in assisting
military personnel and their families. “I get personal satisfaction from
helping servicemen and servicewomen.”
Gordy has spent countless hours volunteering
at the Minneapolis and Hastings veterans homes assisting in various events,
from bingo games to clothing drives. He’s prepared and served meals at the
Dorothy Day Center for more than 25 years. He’s also donated over 10 gallons of
blood to the Red Cross.
During the summer of 2016, Gordy’s aortic heart valve
became severely narrowed. His fatigue and shortness of breath made volunteering
difficult. After discussing his treatment options with his physicians, Bauer
elected to have the minimally invasive TAVR* procedure. Two days after the
procedure, he was recovering at home.
Today, Gordy volunteers at the Armed Forces Service
Center at the Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport. During his midnight
to 4:30 a.m. shift, he welcomes on duty soldiers and their families with bags
of goodies, American flags and a heart-felt smile.
(Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement): a procedure that allows physicians to
replace a calcified and narrowed aortic valve (aortic stenosis) with a catheter
device instead of traditional open heart surgery.
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