John’s Story

John Acquaro

Click the photo to watch John’s heart transplant journey and how he pays it forward, featured in Men’s Health.

My name is John Acquaro. I am a heart recipient from Ronkonkoma, New York. My family and I hold an annual charity bike ride on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island. Each year hundreds of participants from all over the Tri-State area come to show their support. We are hoping to increase that number year after year to raise awareness for the need for organ donation and to encourage people to sign the organ donor registry.

In our area, only 29 percent of our population are registered organ donors, which puts us among the worst in the nation. If you need a heart transplant here you have a less than 1-percent chance of surviving. There will be many people from the transplant community in attendance.

This is a 35-mile bike ride that starts at Osprey’s Dominion Vineyard in Peconic out to Orient Beach State Park and back. All proceeds from the event go to LiveOnNY to support their public education program and try to increase the number of people enrolled in the donor registry. Seven years ago my life was saved by the miracle of a heart transplant and I do this to honor my donor and her family. 

Anyone interested in participating can sign up online at, keyword North Shore Bike Tour.

Thank you for helping me with this very worthy cause.

John Acquaro, Event Coordinator