U-M TAVR patient cheered by 100,000+ football fans

WW II Veteran and U-M patient honored as “Veteran of the Game”


Ray Tollefson is familiar with the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, having undergone a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)  procedure in 2013. He represents one of the more than 600 U-M TAVR patients to date who are living more fulfilled lives, thanks to the experienced team of interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at the Frankel CVC.


A member of the Michigan Marching Band stops to congratulate Veteran of the Game Ray Tollefson.

And, because of his TAVR procedure, the 91-year-old World War II U.S. Army Ranger veteran is now familiar with the U-M football field after being honored as “Veteran of the Game” before the University of Michigan/Ohio State University game on November 28. The full day consisted of a variety of events for Ray, including a tailgate experience, a salute from the Michigan Marching Band, which stopped to honor him, and his introduction as “Veteran of the Game” before a packed stadium of more than 100,000.
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