Man Helps Kids In Honor Of Teen Who Saved His Life

CBS Minnesota | Mike Binkley

SUEUR, Minn. (WCCO) — Six years ago, Mark Aune was all but certain he was about to die. He and his wife even picked out a cemetery and headstone.

But now, not only is he still living, he’s very busy helping young people, in honor of a teenager who saved his life.

Five days a week, ten hours a day, Aune dedicates his time to mentoring young students at Park Elementary School in Le Sueur.

“We always try to make reading fun,” he said. “And when reading is fun, then they’ll like to read.”

In 2009, Aune was near death with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a disease that caused his liver to fail.

The only hope was a transplant, which he finally got.

“About the third or fourth day, I was feeling so much better,” he said. “It’s amazing what a new liver will do for you.” Continue reading