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Meet Len Geiger


Len Geiger was 35 when he was diagnosed with Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic defect that can lead to COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The diagnosis followed years of misdiagnosis and steadily declining health.

“I was no longer able to work. It became clear that only a double-lung transplant could save my life,” he says.

Geiger had to wait eight years for a transplant to become available. During that time, weekly infusions of Alpha-1antitrypsin, a protein that protects the lungs, kept him alive. Today, when Geiger isn’t advocating for Alpha-1 patients, he can often be found running charity triathalons.

“I am grateful to the researchers and clinicians whose scientific and clinical innovations made my recovery possible,” Geiger says. “Young investigators are the key to new medical horizons that will promise a brighter future for patients and their families burdened by lung disease.”

Thank you, Len, for sharing your story!

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