Cary concert will benefit organ transplant patient

Posted November 6, 2010 6:16 p.m. EDT
Updated November 6, 2010 6:22 p.m. EDT

— A bluegrass concert at Cary’s Bond Park on Sunday will help benefit a local organ transplant patient.

The concert will help local bluegrass fiddler Jan Johannsen, who is on a heart transplant waiting list at UNC Hospitals.

Johannsen, 52, has heart failure and since February, he's been using a special portable pump device to keep blood flowing through his heart. He said it's given him new energy to play the music he loves and new hope for life itself.

“It’s really improved my life quality,” he said. “It’s just night and day.”

The heart pump is just a bridge that will allow him to wait for a suitable heart donor.

The benefit at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A donation of $15 per person is suggested. Children under 12 get in for free.

The concert was organized by Johannsen’s friends.