Len was diagnosed with Alpha 1 Antitrypsen deficiency, a generic form of emphysema. While his lungs deteriorated slowly over the years, he did what he could to stay healthy, continued his college education, worked out even while using supplemental oxygen to help him breath.
Finally, Len was given the gift of life...a family donated their teenage daughter's organs after her untimely death. Len received the gift of her lungs. He recovered from the lung transplant and met his donor's family. Now he works tirelessly on behalf of the Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency organization, speaking on their behalf to help raise funds and participating in athletic events that bring awareness to importance of organ donation.
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