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Trails for Transplants


It's 311 miles from Warren, Minnesota to St. Anthony, North Dakota.
A day in the car.
14 days on a horse.
One group of riders is up to the challenge.
Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you along for the ride.

(David Hanson / Liver Recipient) "I'm actually on the waiting list again so someone who signs up from this trail ride could potentially save my life."
(Ashley Peterson / Trails for Transplants) "My brother was an organ donor and he was actually killed 13 years ago today so that's what we are celebrating is his life and legacy. Because of his generosity he saved four lives."
(Sally / Jacobson Liver Recipient) "I had a liver transplant seven years ago. Next April my liver will be 90 years old so we are having a birthday party for it. "
Trails for Transplants is a group of riders making a more than 300 miles trek to raise money and get more of you to be organ donors.
(Roger Hille / Trails 4 Transplants) "I live in Warren Minnesota, I got a little place out in St. Anthony North Dakota and I figured why not, it was only 300 miles."
While riders come and go along the way.
9 riders and four support staff will make the entire trip. 
The goal of getting 100 riders and raising 10-thousand dollars has long been surpassed--the total is far past 35-thousand dollars.
But the money raised doesn't compare to the lives that have been saved.
(Ashley Peterson / Trails for Transplants) "I got to listen to his heart 11 years after he had passed away. so his legacy will continue on through his decision to be an organ donor. It's helped our family survive. It really has and it has given us hope and renewed life after such a traumatic loss."
(David Hanson / Liver Recipient) "I have two wonderful children out of it. I met my wife got married. I met Roger I consider him one of him my better friends  A whole new family. All these people. Wouldn't be here today. There is so much more that comes out of just saving one person's life when you have a transplant."
(Sally / Jacobson Liver Recipient) "I am so happy to be part of this and to be alive. We have had three grandchildren since my transplant and I am just so happy to be alive.
(Ashley Peterson / Trails for Transplants) "We get to see Blake's legacy continue on thru the lives of others. Where our chapter ended another one was opened."

The group rides 20 miles a day.
They will finish their journey Thursday in St. Anthony.
If you would like to donate to Trails for Transplants Roger Hille at 218-201-0589 or find them on Facebook at


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