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Benefit to promote organ donation Aug. 18

The loss of a young child is devastating. Little Deegan was diagnosed with a cavernous brain malformation shortly before his second birthday. He was taken in for surgery right away, but there were complications. His parents, Bailey Johnson and Josh Pramann, were faced with a heart-wrenching decision. 

Because they chose to donate Deegan’s organs, three other young children were saved. Deegan’s heart now beats in a 3-year-old, his liver saved a 1-year-old, and a 4-year-old received Deegan’s lower intestines (a very rare transplant procedure). Deegan’s knee cartilage was harvested and will be used to help many patients; it can be kept for up to five years to be used when needed.


A benefit “Drive for Donors” will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, starting at Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty. Registration starts at 11 a.m., with the drive (bike, hot-rod, or street car) starting at noon. They will return to Pearl Lake Lodge between 2:30 and 3 p.m. for food and entertainment. Rockin’ Rolliewoods will perform from 2-6 p.m. There also will be a silent auction and meat raffle. Proceeds will go to Life Source, an organ placement organization. (Check them out at

“Don’t think of organ donation as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It’s really a total stranger keeping a part of you or your loved one alive. Please consider being an organ donor. Look how many people our 22-month-old little Deegan was able to help.”