Local soldier saves lives through organ donation

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Gundersen Health System says 12 organ donors saved 30 local lives last year

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -There are more than 120,000 people in the United States waiting for an organ transplant to save their life.

Last year, Gundersen Health System was able to save the lives of 30 people from our area thanks to organ donations from 12 different people.

However, the need continues to grow.

Here’s the story of one brave man who decided to give his life in more ways than one.

“I was pretty much on the speed dial from the principal. I got a call once a week,” said Jo Amunrud, mother of Sam Amunrud.

Amunrud's only son, Sam, wasn't necessarily a school kind-of-a-guy.

“Sam was a very challenging child which I am sure all of his teachers would agree,” said Amunrud. “He would argue all day long but he wouldn't get angry... he would never give up... never give up."

So it should come as no surprise that when it came to what Sam wanted to do with his life, he wasn't about to give up on that either.Continue reading