Last Thursday, George Carman was doing what plenty of people around Maine were doing. He was blowing snow from his driveway in New Gloucester.
For a lot of people, that may sound like a chore.
For Carman, it was a celebration of life.
The 45-year-old man has cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic condition where sticky mucus builds up in the lungs, inhibiting breathing and draining a body’s energy. Many people with this disease do not live much past their teens, and those who do struggle every day to breathe.
It’s a debilitating condition with an average life span of 37 years
With the help of a supportive and generous community, Carman has defied the odds.
Last February, he received a double lung transplant after waiting five years to get on the organ transplant list and another five months for lungs to be located.Read more: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/our-view/2012/03/06/making-gift-life-takes-little-planning/1164241