Varinia was a committed warrior supporting Brave little Hearts from its inception, than her own heart challenges gave her wings to glory.
We miss and love you!
William J. Winchester, Jr.
William is the father of Charter Member Michael Richard Croix and cofounder of Brave little Hearts for Michael and Friends. His dedication to the fighting spirit required to advocate for the best medical care for Michael Richard was cultivated while he was in the Marine Corps (’96-’02). He has infused his passionate message, “never give up” and “give your child a fighting chance” in the life he lived for Michael. William knows this must be the mindset of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) families as they push through what often feels like a grueling marathon.
Michael’s journey touched his father in an extraordinary way. William returned to higher education in 2016, changing his major from Electrical Engineering to Biomedical Engineering, driven by the specialized needs of his son and the desire to help all children in the uncertain world of CHD. William completed his Biomedical Engineering degree in May 2020. His steadfast devotion to the family unit and commitment to working with CHD families helps them fill the many gaps that health insurance does not cover.
William has worked as a casino/hospitality professional for 16 years, serving various positions in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the proud father of four sons, of which one is now a Heart Angel.