Who is Jonah Hoser?
Jonah Hoser was born with a severe congenital heart defect that required multiple open heart surgeries and eventually landed him on the transplant list at age 2. A week after his 4th birthday, Jonah received the Gift of Life of a new heart. This allowed Jonah to become more active and live a more normal life. He loved playing sports, as well as becoming quite proficient at sports video games. He was a big fan of team mascots, with his favorite being Brutus Buckeye of course. Jonah also enjoyed professional wrestling and all the colorful characters of the WWE.
Throughout his life Jonah came in contact with many doctors and nurses. Whenever they inquired about where he went to school, Jonah was never shy about letting them know how much he loved Pickerington schools. He would constantly rave about how great his teachers were and how much they helped him to be a better student.
Halfway through his 6th grade year at Diley Middle School, Jonah’s new heart took a turn for the worse. The team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital tried many things aimed at getting Jonah’s heart to recover, but nothing seemed to work, and Jonah was placed back on the transplant list. During this time, Jonah’s weak heart finally gave out, and he passed away on April 7, 2010. Although Jonah’s time on Earth was short, he was able to touch many hearts with his story as well as his compassion and love.