DULUTH – A Duluth man has been charged in the death of his 14-month-old daughter.
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DULUTH - Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth are doing what they know best by rallying behind one of their own who is in need. She's 20-year-old sophomore Kelsey Krautkremer.
Krautkremer has a medical condition that's taken a turn for the worse.
But the unfortunate disease is also bringing out the good in all that the story touches.
Recently, her doctors at the Mayo Clinic told her, her battle with chronic kidney disease since the age of 16 has gone from 40 percent functional to only 18 percent.
"They've been real with me and they've said you probably have weeks to months until you need to take some kind of intervention -- and intervention would be a kidney transplant or dialysis," Krautkremer said.
While some in college would curl up in fear, Kelsey has chosen the opposite – thanks to, in part, her sisters at Phi Sigma Sigma.
They've taken their voice to Twitter with #KidneyForKelsey.
They say some famous people have retweeted, and UMD students have poured in with support. In just one day of a bake sale at UMD brought in nearly $1,000.
"A lot of college students don't have a lot of money to throw around, and it's like their willing to donate. They're not getting anything out of it -- except making it easier on Kelsey," said Molly Farris, a friend and student at UMD.
But for Kelsey, the fundraising effort is all about making it easier on the person who hopefully donates their kidney by making sure travel, lodging and food are all paid for when that time comes.
"We don't want to have them worry about anything, because if they would donate a kidney to me, that's a huge gift that they are giving. It's literally a gift of life that they would be giving me. So, we just want it to be stress free for them," Krautkremer explained.
It's a story of strength and courage that's also providing a lesson to us all.
"You shouldn't really take life for granted," said Kelly Wuollett, a friend of Krautkremer.