Seth Gerber’s Ironman Campaign

eCampaign_SethGerber_photo_010913In 2003, I lost the vision in my right eye overnight as a result of iatrogenic keratoconus. My cornea’s structure had failed and bulged into a cone shape. On November 9, 2004, I had cornea transplant surgery. Unfortunately, however, my vision problem was not solved and the pain from my poor eyesight and fully dilated pupil took a big toll on my health over the years. In early 2012, I was given an iris implant and lens implant to accompany my cornea transplant. The morning following this experimental eye surgery, the doctors at UCLA removed my eye patch and I could see clearly out of my right eye again! It was an overwhelming sensation.

My life and energy had been restored full throttle. I started to run, bike and swim, and have completed several marathons and triathlons. When I train, I often think of my cornea donor and his family. I’m currently training for IRONMAN Arizona in November 2014. An IRONMAN triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. I hope that my story and training for an IRONMAN will inspire you to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. I know that my cornea donor will be in my thoughts when I see that finish line!

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