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10-year-old Eugene girl celebrates liver transplant one year later

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EUGENE, Ore. -- 10-year-old Lily Richard of Eugene wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for a liver transplant she got exactly one year ago Sunday.

Lily’s family celebrated what they called her "Liverversary" on August 6, a one-year celebration of Lily’s new liver.

What they thought was a case of the stomach flu ended up being liver failure.

Lily was immediately flown to Stanford in California to await a liver transplant.

After being put on the top of the wait list, Lily received her transplant two days later.

Now her family is celebrating Lily’s new liver and bringing awareness about organ donations to the community.

Her mother, Shannon Richard, is an ambassador for United Network for Organ Sharing.

“We are just trying to give back because we have our daughter, because someone donated their organ to her," said Richard.

Lily still goes back to Stanford for medical treatment every three months.

Her family is trying to raise $50,000 for medical expenses; so far they've raised over $10,000.

"It’s really nice because they are all super happy and joyful, and just nice," said Lily when asked what her favorite part of her celebration was.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, one person can save up to eight lives when they register to become a donor.

To register to become a donor for Oregon go to Donate Life Northwest; for other states, visit the register page at Donate Life’s website.

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