In 1995, following his successful liver transplant surgery, Larry joined forces with the National Kidney Foundation to bring attention to the need for organ donation. He currently serves as National Spokesperson for the U.S. Transplant Games, an Olympic-style event for recipients of life-saving organ transplants. Larry has also filled the same position for the World Games, which took place in Nanci, France in 2003.
In addition, Larry agreed to serve as a member of the Board of Director’s for the National Kidney Foundation’s TRANSPLANT AMERICA, a not-for-profit organization founded and managed by the NKF, Inc. to develop and implement strategies and programs that will increase the success and availability of organ and tissue transplantation. The surgical procedure of transplantation is well established and very successful in the United States. Transplant recipients go on to lead full and active lives, their health restored and their future preserved through the miracle of modern medicine, as witnessed by Larry's own recovery. Today, in the United States over 612,000 Americans are waiting for a transplant. They must wait until a family decides not to bury organs and tissue but to allow them to be donated and thus give life to someone else. Every 20 minutes another American is added to the waiting list. And, every day, 10 Americans die while waiting. YET, nearly half the families who could donate are never asked and half of those who are asked say no. THIS SITUATION CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. Please help by signing an organ donation card TODAY. Some day you, or someone you love, may need the gift of life!
Visit the National Kidney Foundation online at www.kidney.org, and visit our own page on Larry's website, Be An Organ Donor, to download your own organ donor card.