Fundraisers to benefit Carroll alum in need of transplant

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – In 2011, former state champion baseball player Bryan Kreutzer was diagnosed with medullary cystic kidney disease. Recently, it began to take its toll on his body and doctors say a kidney transplant is his only option for survival.

Kreutzer helped lead the Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles to their first state baseball title in 2005. He also played for Newman and currently is involved in a local softball league. Kreutzer’s also the father of a two-year-old.

To help offset his expenses, Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, 2240 N. Tyler Rd., Ste. 100 in Wichita, will host a fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 7th from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event will involve 12 unique styles of beer from a variety of brewers, and a portion of the night’s proceeds will go to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Kreutzer. For more information, please contact Josh Hanson at 316-729-0002

There will also be a softball tournament/fundraiser on Oct. 1st at West & Douglas next to The Armory. Teams can register up until Sept. 28th. Men and women are invited to compete and the cost is $150.00 per team. For additional info or to register contact Brett Williams at 316-200-1208.

On Saturday, September 10th, Tad’s Locker Room (21st & Webb) will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to assist Kreutzer.

The average kidney transplant costs approximately $335,000 and even with health insurance (which will cover the cost of the transplant) 29-year-old Kreutzer faces significant expenses related to the surgery including follow-up care, daily anti-rejection medications and the cost of extensive commuting for follow-up appointments.

To make a tax-deductible donation in honor of Kreutzer, contributions can be sent to the NFT Kansas Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Bryan Kreutzer” on the memo line. Secure donations can also be made online at http://www.transplants.org-select “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Kreutzer.

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