Our friend Kurt Krenz is a 45 year old Biomedical Equipment Technician at Essentia Health in Virginia, MN.
After a series of Emergency Room visits and Hospital stays, Kurt was diagnosed with two brain tumors which are grade 4 Glioblastoma in addition to another brain tumor which is grade 1 however equally as troubling in the occipital lobe of his brain. It is generally accepted that in most cases this is a terminal diagnosis. If the Glioblastoma wasn't horrible enough on its own, the location of the additional tumor has disrupted Kurt's vision to the point that he required 24 hour care for almost two months and will likely require home healthcare again in the future. To get to where he is today, Kurt underwent multiple CT scans, many MRI scans, a brain biopsy, and multiple hospital stays. He made 30 trips to Duluth from Virginia for radiation treatments while enduring 48 doses of chemotherapy treatments in pill form. At one point before his full diagnosis he had a seizure, and he now takes antiseizure medications as well as numerous other medications several times a day. Kurt has been unable to work since the second week of May. His medical bills are mounting, and due to the unusual number of CT scans and MRIs, Kurt is faced with significant out of pocket medical expenses. Due to Kurt's inability to work, in the near future the conditions surrounding his health insurance will change. As a result, his out of pocket medical expenses will increase significantly. In addition to that, Kurt is also faced with the regular expenses incurred by daily trips to Duluth and back and other unexpected costs related to his new reality.
Kurt, for the first time, is in a position to need financial help. He has never been one to ask for a hand out or help in any way, and he wants to say "Thank You!" in advance to those willing and able to contribute to his ongoing battle.
Thank you for your prayers, encouraging words, and support.
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