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By Transamerica / Nov 3, 2016

‘It’s Hard to Imagine I’ve Lived with my New Heart Longer Than My Old’

When Michael Kutcher was just 13 years old, he became very ill and was  diagnosed with an enlarged heart. At the time, Kutcher was told he would only live three to four weeks. He was immediately placed on a transplant list. Shortly after his diagnosis, Kutcher went into cardiac arrest and had just 48 hours to live.

“I received my miracle heart within 24 hours,” Kutcher recalled. “This December, I will celebrate my 25-year heart anniversary. It’s hard to imagine I’ve lived with my new heart longer than my old.”

It’s why Kutcher, a Transamerica Assistant Vice President,  didn’t hesitate when he was given the opportunity to be a Transamerica Tomorrow Chaser* in the Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas, which will be held November 13.

“When I signed up for this race, I knew I wasn’t going to be one of the first runners to cross the finish line,” Kutcher said.  “I may even have to walk some of the way, but I’m going to finish the race and cross that finish line as a tribute to my donor.” 


The Tomorrow Chaser program is a signature initiative that Transamerica brings to its national partnership with the renowned Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®. At select races across the United States, Transamerica chooses at least one runner to start the race at the back of the pack. In fact, very last. For every runner a Tomorrow Chaser passes, Transamerica donates $1 to charity.  At the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Transamerica will donate $1 to the American Heart Association® for every runner Tomorrow Chaser Michael Kutcher passes.