Fundraiser to help Concord woman with rare disease get a lung transplant

Flyer for Marie Kramer's fundraiser (Photo: Help Hope Live)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- On Saturday, May 13, you can enjoy live music and fun for a great cause at a fundraiser to help a woman with a rare, progressive, and incurable disease.

From 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can drop by the American Legion on Greenview Drive to help Marie Kramer in her fight.

There will be live music, crafts and food vendors, art, raffles, and face painting.

There are only 2,500 cases of the disease, LAM, Kramer is fighting, all affecting women.

She used to be a friendly face at Carson's store in Concord, but LAM made it impossible for her to keep working and now she needs a lung transplant to survive.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the nonprofit, Help Hope Live, to help with uninsured transplant-related expenses, including co-pays, doctor visits, travel, and temporary relocation for transplant, and lifetime of expensive anti-rejection medications.

“Your support is vital for Marie to have this life-saving transplant,” wrote her mother-in-law Rebecca Bryant on the online fundraising page in honor of Marie. “Please, help us give Marie this chance at life.”

It costs $10 at the door.

Live music will be provided by Keith McFadden & The Kompany, Loud, and Midnight Express.

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