Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - People from across the country came to Duluth to honor Kay Marie Sisto and other victims of domestic abuse at the third annual run and walk for the domestic abuse intervention program.
One Michigan Man is carrying on her legacy with every breath he takes.
Edward Dean received Kay's lungs after she was brutally murdered by her ex-husband in 2010.
Dean was on the verge of death after being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an uncurable form of lung disease.
The doctors gave him a maximum of five years to live, but thanks to Sisto, the doctors were able to give him something else.
"They said I got the best lungs that came from someone to get in a long time, so Key was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, and that's a treasure for me because I haven't had no problems since, said Dean.
After having surgery he found out who Kay's family was and wrote them a letter.
Kay's sister Kim, then encouraged Dean to come to the annual walk in Duluth, and met for the first time.
"I ran up and we hugged for like five minutes, and he was shacking and I was shaking and...it was really, they are a down to earth family and we talked about Kay of course and everyone was crying, it was just a really emotional experience," said Kim Peterson.
"I had stomach pains the whole nine yards, for the last week about coming down here for this, but when I met this family it's like I've known them forever, and it's just great, and I got an extended family now as far as I'm concerned," said Dean.
All the proceeds from the walk go directly to the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program which will help families affected by domestic violence here in the Northland.
Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.