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Golf tournament helps young Valdosta boy

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - On May 7th, Kinderlou Forest Golf Club will host a tournament to benefit a very special boy.

At first glance, Gunnar Bachman seems like any other toddler, happy and playful, with a deep love for trains.  However, few toddlers have been through what Gunnar has experienced in his short twenty-one months of life.

"To have a disease like this that's so rare--it's just unreal. It's just turned everything upside-down," says Gunnar's mother, Chris Brachman.

Gunnar was born with Biliary Atresia, a disease affecting only one in every 15,000 babies.  His liver has no bile duct to help drain toxins from his body, causing frequent illness.

Chris and Steve Bachman were forced to sell their home once the medical bills became too much to handle.

"We just have to go when he gets sick and hope that the money's going to come from somewhere," Chris explains.  "We own our own business, so if there's nobody to work, there's no money coming in."

Chris's sister Jenny decided to organize a charity golf tournament to help.  Golfing for Gunnar will be held at noon at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club on May 7th.  Doctors have told Gunnar's family he will need a liver transplant within the year.  All proceeds from Golfing for Gunnar will go directly towards his medical expenses.

The benefit is a four-man scramble with cash prizes for the winners, though the real prize will undoubtedly be helping Gunnar, a little boy with the bravery of a grown man.

To register your team of four for the tournament, you can contact Jenny Warren at 229-269-7484, or Christy Sale at 229-834-5183.  You can also register your company to be a sponsor for the event.  Sponsors will have their company banner displayed at the tee.

All other contributions can be made to "Gunnar Fund," 1758 Poplar Street, Valdosta, GA 31601.

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