The Hills

The Gift of Life

Larry Hill was no stranger to overcoming obstacles. As a veteran and former U.S. Navy deep-sea diver who went on to have a long career in the commercial nuclear industry, he was quite familiar with finding solutions to whatever problems arose. But when he entered his 40s and his kidneys began to lose function, he realized that one of his toughest challenges might lie ahead.



When Larry was a child, he contracted an infection that required treatment. He recovered quickly and was able to lead a normal life, and it wasn’t until many years later that the effects of the childhood illness took a toll on his kidney function.

Due to his failing kidneys, Larry underwent a kidney transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. That was seven years ago, and today he is healthy, happy and grateful for the care he received.

After adjusting to life after his transplant, Larry and his wife Sue started to focus on ways they could pay this gift of life forward. They decided to make a gift through their long-term plans to support kidney research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

By giving back to the program that helped save Larry’s life, the Hills hope to make a difference for others for years to come.

"I noticed how everyone worked together at Vanderbilt as a team. We are pleased that our gift gives us a role in the transplant team. And maybe this gift will help others in the future."

Kidney Transplant Patient


"Patients who are lucky enough to receive a kidney transplant have a lot more hope, better survival outcomes and better quality of life overall.”

Larry’s Doctor

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