When he was in the eighth grade, Dan Jess developed advanced keratoconus, which caused him to lose almost all vision in his right eye and most vision in his left eye.
“I always loved sports, but I was becoming very physically unhealthy and was living a less-than-fulfilling lifestyle,” Dan said of his life at that time.
Eventually, Dan was able to receive the corneal transplant surgery he needed to regain his sight. Now is his able to live an energetic life with his wife and daughters. He is a marathon runner, and has even raced times that are ranked near the elite level.
“From that one single person’s gift of a precious cornea, I learned of a network of givers behind the scenes who dedicate themselves to providing what I so desperately needed,” Dan said.