Published: February 12, 2014
Larry Ortz, right, needs a double-lung transplant to get off the oxygen machine he is hooked to 24 hours a day. Beside the 55-year-old Austintown man are his wife, Connie, and two of his three children, Sam and Carly Ortz. A pasta dinner fundraiser, “Take a Breath for Larry,” will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at Austintown Middle School, 800 S. Raccoon Road. The donation is $10 for adults and youths. Children 6 and under eat free.