Created 09.11.2018 by Community Benefit Tree
Rooted in an a-MAES-ing Life Fund
Born and raised in Green Bay, Gary Maes learned from a young age to treasure your family. He has always enjoyed the fun times, from camping with his parents and five siblings, to hosting the annual family reunion as an adult. While an avid Packers fan, he stepped outside of Lambeau Field when he married his Bears fan wife, Michelle. They will celebrate 9 years of marriage in October.
Last fall, this vibrant 49 year old became increasingly weak, and would easily fill up after only a couple bites of food. After months of tests and no answers, Gary and Michelle found themselves at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. Within a week, Gary was diagnosed with a rare, incurable disease called Amyloidosis, which has greatly compromised his heart. He underwent a stem cell transplant June 27. His heart went into cardiac arrest July 1, but Gary wasn't ready to give up. More rare than the disease, he survived the cardiac arrest. Gary and Michelle were at Mayo for two months before being released to an inpatient physical therapy rehab facility here in Green Bay. In addition to the disease, Gary is working hard at rebuilding his muscle strength so he can officially come home. He's been at the facility since July 28. Gary and Michelle head back to Mayo at the end of September for his 100 day post transplant checkup.