Greg Foster’s Heart Transplant Story Featured on the News

Our very own Coordinator of Student Engagement and Track and Field Coach Greg Foster was featured on KSDK Channel 5 news recently, and his incredible story is worth sharing with our full community.

For the past five years, Foster has been suffering from Amyloidosis, a rare, life-threatening disease that does considerable damage to the heart. On January 18, Foster underwent heart transplant surgery at Barnes Jewish Hospital. He is well on his way to a full recovery, and he’s even been spotted on campus walking for light exercise.

Foster has dedicated his career to health and wellness and wants to share his story to help others who may be facing similar circumstances while shedding light on the importance of organ donation. He said, “Someone decided to make an incredibly unselfish decision and because of it, my life was spared. I’m forever humbled and extremely grateful. I hope that others are inspired by what my donor and his family did and that it will motivate other people to save more lives through organ donation.” Foster is particularly focused on reaching minority communities to provide encouragement for their overall health and wellness and to stress the importance of organ donation.

For those of you who know Greg personally, you know what a wonderful person and positive force he is. Even with his storied career as a world champion hurdler, he is one of the most humble coaches around. He is the type of person who will take a challenge and turn it into a reason to promote positive change, and that is exactly what he is doing now.