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Benefit for Woman Needing Double Lung Transplant

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Friends and family are hosting a big benefit on Friday for a woman in need of a double lung transplant. Dinner, raffles, a silent and live auction will be held, which include some high-ticket items!

Kim Schreiner was diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease in June of 2013.  This was a direct result of her diagnosis of Lupus in 1997.  Interstitial Lung Disease causes lung damage, decreased lung capacity making breathing very difficult without the assistance of continuous oxygen.  Because of the rapid progression of this disease she is in need of a bilateral lung transplant.  

One of the event organizers, Tanya Tonsfeldt, gives us some insight into the severity of Kim's condition.

"She's down to 29% lung capacity so she's on full time oxygen.  So the Kimmy Keepers are together, which is what we are calling ourselves, to raise some money because when she gets this lung transplant she will need some help with living expenses," Tonsfeldt explains.

Friends and family of Kim are holding a benefit for her on Friday, April 11. It starts at 5:00 p.m. and will be held at the Horace Senior Citizen Center located at 214 Thue Court in Horace, North Dakota.  There will be a benefit dinner (free will offering) along with a silent auction, live auction and many raffles. The benefit will be going on until at least 9:00 p.m.

Some of the items up for bid are an guitar autographed by Luke Bryan, an autographed UND Sioux hockey jersey, a pair of tickets to a Minnesota Vikings game, a hot tub, and two fishing trips.

Lend A Hand, a program of Dakota Medical Foundation, is providing up to $5,000 of matching funds to provide more help for the family.

If you aren't able to make it to Friday's benefit, but still want to help, online donations may be made to www.dakmed.org/lendahand, click 'Donate.'

Or cash and check donations payable to Kim Schreiner Benefit fund may be sent to the Kindred State Bank, 411 Elm Street, Kindred, ND 58051.
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