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Walgreens employee raises money for kidney transplant

Keith Brendel, Needs Kidney Transplant Keith Brendel, Needs Kidney Transplant
Erica Richardson and Ashley Morey, Brendel's Co-workers Erica Richardson and Ashley Morey, Brendel's Co-workers
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Workers at Walgreens are helping out their District Manager whose in need of a kidney transplant. Today supporters sold hamburgers and hot dogs at the Walgreens on Slappey.

Workers at Walgreens and Kauffman Tires are firing up the grill to help out Keith Brendel who's in need of a kidney transplant.

"So 18 months ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease which affects the use of the kidney,” said Keith Brandel.

Brendel has been with Walgreens for more than 20 years and was surprised to discover his diagnosis.

"My initial reaction was that I didn't understand it,” said Brendel. “ I didn't know what it was."

Since then, his co-workers have put on several fundraisers.

" I know right here at our store on Slappey, we do jeans every Friday, we pay for that to help raise money and we thought about this, and we also been doing bake sales as well,” said Erica Richardson, Co-worker.

His Co-workers say Brendel does a lot for the community.

"He does a lot for all of our stores in our community,” said Ashley Morey, Co-worker. “So when we have a chance to give back we like to help him."

Brendel is working with doctors at Shands Hospital in Florida, and is on a waiting list.

"I was just put on the national list to get a kidney transplant and there's a possibility we have somebody that we know locally that may be taking care of donating a kidney, which is just amazing in itself,” said Brendel.

He says he's thankful for the support he's receiving around South Georgia.

"Being an employee of Walgreens, the family that we have here is amazing,” said Brendel. “More and more it's not just about the name on the wall. It's about the families that are created and the support that they give."

Brendel needs $22,000 for the transplant. He hopes to have the surgery before the end of the year. You can help Keith Brendel by making donations at any Albany Walgreens.

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