Jerry Branski founded the Two Lives One Heart Foundation in Franklin, Wisconsin. The organization provides services not covered by insurance to individuals in the southern Wisconsin area who can no longer accomplish everyday tasks due to heart failure as they undergo the heart transplant process. The services provided by the foundation’s volunteers include tasks like lawn care, snow removal, installation of wheelchair ramps, and light housekeeping.
Branski conceived of this foundation while recovering from his own double transplant (heart and kidney). In the foundation’s three years of existence, the organization’s volunteers have helped well over 30 patients. One of the organization’s most memorable tasks is fulfilling a 13-year-old transplant patient’s bucket list in the form of a fishing charter on Lake Michigan so that he could catch a “Big Fish from a Boat.”