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Benefit planned for friend in need

I find myself writing this letter, wanting to share a story with you and your readers. Throughout my many years of living in the Perham area I have witnessed the generosity and kindness of this community when there was a need. The community pulls together to show their support and prayer for ones in need.

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So I asked myself, "what about Cole?" Cole buchanan is a young Perham graduate, who upon first glance you would never know how sick he is. Cole was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease at the age of 17.

PKD is the most common of all life-threatening genetic diseases, affecting more people than Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell Anemia and Huntington's Disease combined. There is no treatment for PKD and no cure. Those like Cole who inherit PKD develop fluid-filled cysts on both kidneys. Over time, they grow and multiply, causing the kidneys to increase in size. A normal kidney is roughly the size of a fist. PKD kidneys can grow to be the size of a football or larger and can weigh as much as 38 lbs. each.

In addition to having PKD, Cole is unable to work and is in constant pain. A trip to the Mayo Clinic gave the family high hopes of some kind of miracle. Unfortunately, that was not the case and Cole's doctor informed them that his disease has progressed 30 years faster than normal.

So, with Cole's permission, a few friends of the family plan a benefit in Cole's name on Saturday, March 15 at The Cactus in Perham from 4 p.m. until close.

Thanks for your time.

Kyre Hatcher

Perham. Minn.

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