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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A special party Wednesday night just outside of Fargo; and it was all about an 11-year old celebrating life. 

It was one year ago today, that Jordan Peterson got the news.


A set of lungs was available for him, finally.

After months of waiting, and several false alarms, Jordan got the transplant at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.

Jordan can't stop talking about two things.

An upcoming trip to Alaska, and playing football next fall. All milestones for a soon to be 12-year old, who is so appreciative for his gift of life.

What a summer this is for the Peterson boys. A successful fishing trip up to Lake of the Woods, and tonight a party. The balloon said it best, Happy Anniversary. A year of life with new lungs for Jordan Peterson.

Jordan Peterson/1-Year Anniversary of Transplant: “I am in the best shape of my life, I have never felt better, after transplant, it has been going great, no problems.”

It was one year ago that we traveled to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Jordan had just received his new set of lungs, after 5-false alarms that put the family on a rollercoaster.

Dan Peterson/Jordan’s Dad: “Yesterday was the anniversary of getting the call, when Annette came out and said who wants to go to the hospital and get a new set of lungs. And I can remember this would have been the 5th run.”

But tonight, with cupcakes and balloons, it is all about celebrating one year of firsts; his first hockey goal, first time up on a wake board.

Annette Peterson/Jordan’s Mom: A huge  celebration of all good things, blessings galore, friendships and love and the fact I have a healthy boy right now.

Dan: “We think about it a lot, he thinks of the donor family every day, it brought back a lot of memories we talked about in the boat. Thought back on.”

And during this one new year, new perspective.

Annette: “He broke his arm in April and it was putting a band aid on, perspective, the little things are the little things, and we need to keep them and not get too worried about them, it is great.”

Jordan just returned from a one year checkup at Texas Children’s. Everything looks great.

And Jordan leaves soon, with his entire family for a "Make A Wish Trip"  to Alaska. As Jordan says: Salmon and Halibut, baby. 

Kevin Wallevand
Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.
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