Clintonville woman promotes organ donation

WBAY | Sierra Gillespie
CLINTONVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) -- April is National Donate Life Month, encouraging people to become organ donors. Nearly 120,000 people across the United States are in need of an organ, more than 2,000 of them living in Wisconsin.

That’s why a Clintonville woman is working to promote organ donation, after receiving a new set of lungs that saved her life.

Jenni Yaeger was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 9-years-old. For most of her life, her lungs operated at a 30 percent lung capacity, whereas most normal lungs operate in the high 80’s.

Yaeger struggled with activities people with high functioning lungs would take for granted, like jogging for even showering. But those struggles didn’t stop her from taking a firm hold on life, like her passion for the great outdoors.

“I still went hunting,” Yaeger says. “I went gun hunting in November. On oxygen. 15 percent lung capacity. I still did the things I enjoyed. It wasn't to the quality of how I wanted to, but it was still doing things I loved to do."

But for most of her life, Yaeger never knew how to take a deep breath. During that time, she was registered as an organ donor, but eventually came to realize she was the one in need of a donation. Continue reading
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