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Bruce Janke, DVM, PhD

Bruce Janke
On June 25th, 2016, Bruce Janke, husband, father and brother, passed away at the age of 68 due to complications caused by HHT while awaiting a liver transplant. He fought a brave battle against his disease for many years, attempting to maintain a normal, functional life by receiving numerous blood transfusions and weekly iron infusions that partially countered the chronic anemia he suffered due to nosebleeds and GI bleeding caused by HHT. Over the last 10 years of his life, he also suffered from congestive heart failure caused by the numerous vascular malformations that developed in his liver as part of the disease. Finally, he lost his life to liver failure. We had so much hope, even in the end, that he would make it to transplantation and finally have an opportunity to live a normal life without the constant suffering this disease had caused him. But the effects of the disease were too severe to allow him that final opportunity. His heart stopped just when they were about to launch his name on the transplant list with a MELD score of 40. Though his heart was started again, he was sadly no longer eligible for a liver transplant. His last days were spent in liver failure, but he had an opportunity to say good-bye to good friends and family. He always had a smile on his face, even during these final days. He made the most of his time here on earth, inspiring others, enjoying the outdoors, and living out his Christian faith in service to his church and community. He is mi

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Good and Faithful Servant

Sally/Greg Barclay
We will always remember Bruce as a great guy with a deep faith. He did so much for his church despite his health issues. He was a wonderful father and husband-- family meant a great deal to him. He was respected in his profession and in the community. Rest in peace, Bruce-- you were a good and faithful servant of God. Your famy and friends will cherish their memories with you!

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