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Kidneys are the most common organ to be donated and to raise awareness for organ donation, Sanford Health hosted their 3rd annual 'Donate Life' flag raising Wednesday.

About 100 people showed up to hear stories about donating organs.

Dr. Broderson was fortunate enough to get a kidney from her stepdaughter.

It has been about three years since the transplant and both are in good health.

She says they have always had a close relationship, but this brought them even closer.

At Wednesday's flag raising, Dr. Broderson had even more reason to support organ donation.

"It's huge. A kidney basically filters every badness out of your body. Kidneys in conjunction with the liver, but the kidneys are really the powerhouse of that," said Dr. Stephanie Broderson.

In 1998 she was diagnosed with an auto immune disease. That caused her kidneys to attack themselves.

"Your kidneys are going to function for about 10-12 years maybe, and then you're going to need a transplant and he just laid it out right from the get go," said Dr. Broderson.

She had always supported donation.

So in 2011 her husband went to get checked to see if he could donate.

"He ended up having a nodule on his kidney, so they weren't going to use an imperfect kidney," she explained.

Then her stepdaughter, Andrea Junker, stepped up.

"Well, I'm going to do anything to save your life and to make sure you can be here and she's been so supportive of me and my life this is one way I can return that favor and be there for her," said Andrea.

Now Dr. Broderson and Andrea speak out in support of organ donation.

Because for them, it was a no -brainer.

"That was awesome. She always talked about it like it really was not that big of a deal. She stepped up right from the get go. We weren't even really discuss, it she was just there, she came to my first appointment," said Dr. Broderson.

"Knowing that that I could actually keep her from going through that, that I could be the one to just fix that for you," said Andrea.

Dr. Broderson and Andrea understand that organ donation may not be for everyone, but they say the most important thing you can do, is just talk it out.

And the earlier the better.

They say it is something families should talk about openly before disaster strikes.

Dr. Broderson also said having it stated on your drivers license that you want to donate organs helps, but you should also make sure your family knows your wishes.

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