Jerry's Jamboree

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Jerry's Jamboree

On October 3rd, a 20 mile bike ride will be held in Jerry's honor with all proceeds donated to Jerry's philanthropy of choice: the Adult Congenital Heart Association. The mission of the Adult Congenital Heart Association is to improve and extend the lives of the millions born with heart defects through education, advocacy and research. Jerry's family and friends hope to continue Jerry's nature of giving in support of those living on with congenital heart disease and celebrate the life of a man with the world's biggest heart.

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Saturday October 3rd
9:00 AM
Weagel Park, Red Jacket Trail, Mankato, MN, USA
Weagel Park, Red Jacket Trail, Mankato, MN 56001, USA


Gerald "Jerry" Stenzel was a husband, father, brother, tech lover, and funny guy extraordinaire. When first meeting him, you would never know he had congenital heart disease. Jerry was born with tricuspid atresia, a congenital heart defect that occurs in 1 out of every 9700 babies in the United States each year. Jerry required multiple surgeries as a child, including open heart surgery at the age of 15. For 52 years, Jerry lived the fullest life with no major complications surrounding his condition. He married, had two daughters, and had a successful career in software development. During his 52nd year, Jerry required an extensive stay in the cardiac ICU at Mayo Clinic Hospital. He recovered for a short period of time while ultimately passing away from complications related to his heart. Jerry preceded in death his wife of 30 years, Peggy, his 27 year old daughter Nicole, and 23 year old daughter Megan. Jerry loved his family, snowmobiling, making others laugh and... cycling.

Posted by Megan Stenzel