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Family of Walter Payton works to increase organ donor awareness

Updated: February 22, 2008, 6:00 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- It has been nearly nine years since that emotionally draining, tear-filled fall night. But Brittney Payton remembers it like it was yesterday. Her father had gathered her and her big brother Jarrett in the family's basement, explaining he had something to tell them. It wasn't good.

A group of doctors, Dad explained, had diagnosed him with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare liver disease that meant he would need a liver transplant. In between the emotional ...

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