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A Heart for Heath
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A Heart for Heath

August 15, 2018| | 0 COMMENTS| Stories

All hunters aspire to share their sport. In fact, we have to; it's the only way hunting will survive for future generations. But what if something threatened to take that opportunity away?

We consider anyone who owns a Barnett crossbow to be family. So when we heard from Travis Cornford, proud owner of a Barnett Vengeance, we knew we had to act. Travis and Milynda welcomed their son, Heath, into the world on February 22, 2018 at 12:22pm. Just 20 minutes later, everything changed.

There was a lot of commotion as mom and dad watched their baby being taken away with only questions, no answers. The diagnosis eventually came back as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy - heart failure resulting from an enlarged heart. Heath spent the first five months of his life in a hospital hooked up to machines.

But there's good news for this little guy. On July 18, 2018, THEY FOUND A HEART FOR HEATH! Heath went through a heart transplant the very next day. There have been complications and nothing has been easy, but Heath is a fighter!

As the Cornfords focus on getting their son better, the medical bills are piling up. So are gas tanks on the 230-mile roundtrips between their home and the hospital. In an effort to keep their family afloat and to help others grappling with the same problem, they started the Heart for Heath Foundation. Fundraising efforts include T-shirt sales and community events, including a mud race, mommy-and-me dance and golf outing.

Barnett was proud to support the Heart for Heath foundation by donating a Buck Commander® Revengeance crossbow to the golf tournament silent auction. The tournament took place Saturday, July 28 at "The Oaks" golf course at Christmas Mountain Village in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The support for Heath and family was an overwhelming success. To learn more or if you'd like to make a donation, please visit

You've got this, baby Heath! We'll see you in the field, ready to #GetAfterIt.

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