The World Lost a Great Man Today

Showcasing the hardware of The Great Wall of China and the Big 5 with Papa

Showcasing the hardware from The Great Wall of China and the Big 5 Marathons with Papa

I am saddened to share the news that my “Papa,” Dr. Louis Heyman passed away late yesterday evening. I am thankful he lived to be 88 years (strong) and even prouder to have a grandfather like him who was clearly an amazing influence and inspirational man during the course of my lifetime.

The endless love and support of friends, families, and complete strangers (who I have never had the opportunity or pleasure to meet) have been overwhelming throughout this journey and I know will continue moving forward. I cannot even begin to thank everyone that have constantly asked for updates about “Papa” as well as the progress of the PPA research conducted over the past several years.

While this is unbelievably tough to accept, I am so proud to have someone like “Papa” represent our family, help over 18,000 other children, and be a tremendous influence in our lives as well as catalyst to ground breaking and vital research in his honor.

You will be forever missed! I will continue to carry on knowing that a large piece of what I do in life has been directly influenced by the special relationship we had over the past 34 years.


Funeral arrangements:
Where: Ira Kaufamn Chapel located at 18325 W. Nine Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075
When: Monday, September 23rd
Time: 12:00 p.m.

For people looking to make a donation in honor of “Papa,” please go to: PPA Research and Education Fund (Run4Papa)

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