Larry Connolly plans to celebrate two birthdays a year, from now on. They will include his original date of birth in December as well as July 12 — the date he received a double lung transplant.
Connolly, 58, recently returned to work as project manager for the Port of Camas-Washougal — much to the delight of his coworkers.
“It’s awesome,” said Port Executive Director David Ripp. “It’s so amazing to see how much he has changed and to see a positive outlook through him as well. Modern medicine is amazing.”
Port Office Assistant Jennifer Rilatos said she could not be happier about Connolly’s “swift return.”
“He is truly an inspiration to all of us here in the office,” she said. “Larry has shown me that perseverance and faith truly do work. We have been overwhelmed and happy how this great little community has pulled together in support of Larry. He has given over 12 years of service to this area with the port, and I think that all of our efforts have shown him just how special and important he is to us.”