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UMD students fundraise for a friend with chronic kidney disease


Kelsey and her friends tabling in Kirby plaza to help fund medical expenses for her kidney transplant.

Kelsey Krautkremer, an early childhood education student at UMD, needs a kidney. She has battled with kidney health since middle school, but due to recent decline, Kelsey is now in need of a kidney. Her current kidney function has recently deteriorated from 34 percent to 18 percent. She is now on the national deceased donor list for a kidney transplant. Patients with chronic kidney disease are placed on the donor list after their kidney function drops below 20 percent.

Kelsey’s classmates, sorority sisters and friends are raising money for her and her family to cover medical expenses. To meet and support Kelsey visit the following fundraising events in front of the lower-level Kirby Bookstore:

There is a bake sale being held for Kelsey on Tuesday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grilled cheese and Caribou Coffee will be sold on Wednesday, May 8 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. and Livestrong bracelets will be sold on Thursday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you cannot make the fundraiser but wish to donate to Kelsey, there is a donation box in the Department of Writing Studies. Or visit her website, Kidney for Kelsey. Thank you for your support.


Kelsey’s family drove up from Champlin, MN to be with her during the fundraising. From left, her sister, Jamie, Jamie’s boyfriend, Dylan Brandell, her dad, Paul, Kelsey and her friend Jack Milan.

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