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Becky Bonte Draper, a St. Croix Central graduate, currently lives in Trego. She had a pancreas and kidney transplant a little over a year ago due to complications from type 1 diabetes. The cost of her medications each month is astronomical, and a fundraising event in her honor is planned for Sunday, July 27, at Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond. (Submitted photo)

Life after an organ transplant; fundraising event planned for July 27

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When people make the decision to check the box on their driver’s licenses to become an organ donor, do they really know how that little orange circle can change someone’s life? Becky Bonte Draper does.

Draper was the recipient of a donor pancreas and kidney in June 2013.

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Sarah Young
Sarah Young joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News. She covers primarily Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. Before working at the New Richmond News, she was an assistant manager at Philander's Grill & Bar in Prescott. She lives in Prescott with her 2-year-old daughter Carolina.  
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