October 5, 2020
Larry has a gusto and a singular vision for life! A self-proclaimed Army brat and Air Force veteran, Larry has lived a life full of adventure and hard work with his wife of 60 years always by his side. After leaving the Air Force, he worked his way up the ladder with General Electric, retiring at the executive level only to go back to work with three more companies to stave off boredom and complacency. He loves to tinker and fix things and works out six days a week, putting others half his age to shame.
When Larry started noticing changes in his vision, he acted quickly to make sure he could continue to lead the life he loved. Diagnosed with Fuch’s Dystrophy, an eye disorder that causes the cells in the cornea to sluff off and die, Larry had his first cornea transplant in his left eye in 2015 and another in his right in 2020 to restore his vision and keep him active.
Each time he needed it, a donated cornea was available for him, thanks to the generosity and kindness of anonymous donors after their passing. Larry’s physician was able to choose a tissue that was exactly right for Larry and now he’s enjoying his active life once more.
“To me this is such a blessing . I’m full of gratitude and appreciation, and just so thankful that my donors were willing to do this for me. Had that person who died not done this, I would probably have gone blind and my life would have been completely different.”