Make no mistake, Tyrone Morris carried the burden. He carried it from uprooting his life in Wisconsin to move to Texas, where the possibilities for a brighter future were just like everything in the state: bigger. He carried it day and night as the weeks became months and the months became years. He carried it through the highest demands and expectations of those on the transplant list to make himself an ideal candidate, worthy of that most vital organ. Globally, roughly 50,000 people need a heart each year. Yet just 5,000 heart transplants were performed in 2020. And he carried the weight of that wait. Through it all, he didn't let his congestive heart failure weigh him down. And along the way, his HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device (LVAD) — along with his pacemaker and CardioMEMS HF System (which monitors his heart's function wherever he is wirelessly) — were there to help along during his journey, creating a bridge from a life that was limited to a transplant that's opened up new doors of what life can hold for a man with so much ahead of him.