Le Mars church raising money for liver transplant recipient

Grace Lutheran Church hosted a pancake breakfast and benefit to raise money for Linda Lehrman, who received a liver transplant this June.

Surrounded by her family, friends and fellow church members, Linda Lehrman says she's happy to be back with her community again.

"It's so wonderful," said Lehrman who has been attending Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars, for decades.

On this Sunday, they hosted a pancake breakfast and benefit to help her out.

"And we just feel we need to help her, with friends and family working together. It's an awesome thing," said

Lehrman was just discharged from the hospital Friday, after receiving a liver transplant in June in Omaha.

"And I waited a year and a half for a liver," she said.

In December 2016, doctors found a tumor in Lehrman's liver, but it wasn't until this May, she finally received a liver transplant.

"That liver was a healthy liver but that decided not to work, so she received her second transplant on June 1st," Michelle Lehrman, her daughter.

Ever since June, Lehrman has been recovering.

She says she's grateful for the love and support from the community, and especially her husband of 50 years.

"My husband, he keeps me going, and my family," said Lehrman.

"I want to thank all the people at Grace Lutheran, and a couple, Jim and Meryl, they're the ones who suggested this months ago," said Jim Lehrman, her husband.

Lehrman was also joined by her daughters and grand children.

"She is the strongest I know. She's the love of my life. She's the rock of our family," said Karen Huinker, her daughter.

There was also a silent auction and baked goods up for sale. All the money raised today will go help cover the cost of Linda's medical bills and other expenses.

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