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Upcoming poker run to help fight liver disease

by Anakin Bush | September 18, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

Kelsey's Fight Poker Run, meant to raise money for Kelsey, a 22-year-old woman diagnosed with a liver disease, now awaiting a liver transplant, will be in October.

The poker run will be October 14th at 10:30 a.m. at VFW in Fulton.

Made possible by Kelsey's family, they are hoping for more money to be donated if people are able to.

Kelsey's mother, Tina Kinahole, said there will be many different elements to the event.

"8 a.m. we will have biscuits and gravy at the VFW available for five dollars, with a poker run to follow with numerous stops. After the run, we will have a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and a fish fry dinner," Kinahole said.

The stops include Snorty Horse in Millersburg, Woody's in Ashland, AmVets in Mokane, Holzhauser's in Portland, finishing at Fulton VFW.

"My family has been essential in making this event possible, along with Jamie Martin," Kinahole said.

She explained that they are still looking for businesses to sponsor the event.

"The community has donated to our Go-Fund me for Kelsey; in which we are eternally grateful for, our community is amazing," Kinahole said.

With gratitude, she explained that they have not met their target goal on Kelsey's Go Fund-Me.

"We have a fair amount of people that are for sure coming, with more that are interested in coming," Kinahole said. She is hoping for as many people to participate in the events on the 14th.

"Kelsey has high spirits, being out of the hospital currently," said Kinahole.

Kelsey is still waiting to decide when to have her liver transplant, currently still being tested and receiving out-patient care.

"A support system is impossible to measure when struck with medical issues, in which this event shows Kelsey's support from her community and family," Kinahole said.

She hopes for people in the future who encounter medical issues to have the support Kelsey does.

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