7th Annual Fred Krenrich Golf Classic benefits the Lung Transplant Foundation
More than 100 golfers, friends and volunteers will hit the links at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary on July 10, 2017, to support the Lung Transplant Foundation.Now in its 7th year, the Fred Krenrich Golf Classic raises money to help raise awareness, support research to improve long-term outcomes and provide patient services for the post lung transplant recipients and their families.
Krenrich received a double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in 2008 and helped organize the Lung Transplant Foundation’s first golf tournament to help raise awareness about organ transplantation and donation.
“Dad was an eternal optimist, and even after he was diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS), he planned to attend the tournament, even if it had to be in a wheelchair or scooter,” said Fred’s daughter Barbara Stewart.
His health, however, did not allow for that. Krenrich died three weeks after the tournament as a result of BOS – chronic rejection of transplanted lungs. The Lung Transplant Foundation honors the tradition Fred helped start with the Annual Fred Krenrich Golf Classic.
Although there have been advances in medical technology and donation, the demand for organ, eye and tissue donation still vastly exceeds the number of donors. Approximately one half of lung transplant recipients die within five years of their transplant. Nationally, only one third of patients live 10 years. A national organization, the Lung Transplant Foundation is fighting to change that by raising funds for research to improve the long-term outcomes of transplant recipients.
All proceeds from the tournament benefit national research grants to stop lung transplant rejection and prolong the life of lung transplant recipients. The cost of the event is $150 per player and includes free beverages, raffle, putting contest, and a post-event banquet lunch. Hole-in-one prizes include a Pebble Beach Vacation, a two-year lease from Leith Audi, a trip to the Frenchman’s Reef in the Virgin Islands, and a $500 Gift Package from TaylorMade Golf. Additional prizes include golf clubs, complimentary rounds of golf, wine tastings and more.
Sponsors for the tournament include 360 Cloud Solutions, Everson Wealth Management and 100.7 WRDU.