Community Celebrates Life-Saving Organ Donations


AXTELL, Neb. It's been 10 years since the Nelson family, from Axtell, lost its 21-year-old daughter, Sara. And June will mark 10 years since several Central Nebraskans received life saving organs, thanks to Sara's donations.

Her precious gifts were celebrated Sunday at an annual community walk.

"All of her main organs were donated," Steve Nelson, Sara's father, said. "We've become the closest with the gal that received her lungs. It was a young mother of twins who had Cystic Fibrosis and she has told us she wouldn't have lived much longer without receiving Sara's lungs."

Locals continue to celebrate Sara's contribution in hopes more lives can be saved.

"Sara was a cheerleader when she was at Axtell and she loved the community," added Tricia Danburg, a co-sponsor of the Axtell Community Schools cheer team. "This is just one way the cheerleaders and the community can come together to help raise awareness for Donate Life and the importance of being an organ and tissue donor. Continue reading
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