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Transplant patient and donor family picnic

Hundreds come out to Soldiers' Field to celebrate life

Posted: Jul 29, 2018 10:57 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2018 8:22 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Jean Lessman is celebrating life after first being diagnosed with non-alocholic fatty liver disease in Fall of 2016. 

"I was a couple of weeks away from death," she said. 

She was put on a transplant list and eventually got the liver she needed, from someone by her side the entire time. Her daughter, Shannon.

"I was a perfect match...to be able to do the biggest thing in my life to help my mom," Shannon said. "It wasn't just for me, it was for my mom, for my dad, for my siblings, my nephews."

Jean said at first, she was a little hesitant to take part of her daughter's liver. 

"But I mean, I have life now which I wouldn't have," she said. 

"You don't think youre going to go through that journey in life but the reward is huge," Shannon said. 

The two just celebrated their first 'liver-versary' in March. 

The Lessmans are just one of the hundreds of families that came out for a Transplant patient and donor family picnic on Sunday at Soldiers' Field. 

People got to celebrate life with food, music, and yard games. 

The pinic has been happening for over 25 years. 

To learn more about becoming an organ donor, find more information here

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