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Picnic for transplant patients celebrates life

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- An organ transplant offers a new lease on life, and a yearly gathering of transplant patients gives hundreds a chance to celebrate that life.

The "Celebration of Life" Transplant Picnic is put on by Mayo Clinic and it allows patients, their families and living donors to come together and enjoy food and friendship.

Attendance is always high, with more than 300 patients and their families enjoying the nice weather at Soldiers Field.

Jay Ryan, who received a heart transplant in 1996, would not have met his wife or had his two kids if it were not for the life-saving procedure.

"Just a lot of gratitude to my donor and this whole program. The Mayo Program is just phenomenal. The transplant center and everybody involved with it has been just great."

Attendees enjoyed catered food, music, raffle drawings and camaraderie with others who have gone through similar procedures.

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