On Monday, the Denver Rapids published the story of the Rojas family on their website, click here to read the full story. This story tells the tragic tale of one family’s mission to turn their grief into advocacy. Elysa, just shy of her third birthday, suddenly passed away due to Viral Myocarditis in January, 2013.
Jamie Rojas, athletic trainer for the Colorado Rapids (pro soccer team) and his wife Jana have leapt into action, determined that Elysa’s legacy be that of education, research, and awareness of myocarditis. As Jamie puts it:
“Elysa seemed like she wanted to be a little doctor,” Jaime said. “And maybe this is the way she’s doing it. With what happened to her, with both Jana and I being medically educated, we’re hoping that her little legacy is going to be that she’s going to teach doctors and families that myocarditis is not as rare as people think. If we save one life through the education than we’d be beyond ecstatic.”
The Myocarditis Foundation will continue to work with the Rojas family in all their endeavors in memory of Elysa. They are amazing people and we keep them in our thoughts, wishes, and prayers.