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YGC: Flag football game raises money for three-year-old girl

by Danielle Wagner

CALMAR (KWWL) -- Three-year-old Kamryn Leuenberger suffers from cerebral palsy.

She and her family just returned from a trip to Germany to hopefully improve her condition.

"We found a stem cell clinic in Germany that took her own stem cells and gave her a lumbar puncture with cells and go to her brain for regeneration," said Brian Leuenberger.

The trip and procedure weren't cheap. The community held a benefit, and then some high school students wanted to help out.

They organized an eight man flag football game between the cross country team and the football team.

About 30 students joined in the game.

Through a free will donation at the gate and a 50/50 drawing, the friendly game raised $775 for the Leuenberger family.

"We didn't expect that much. We were thinking maybe $300 to $400. The game started at 2 and a lot of people started to show up, we thought we might get a lot more people than we expected," said student Chris Huinker.

The South Winneshiek students got permission from the school to use the football field and borrow equipment.

They say it was just a fun way to help out a family in need.

"Seemed like a good thing to do. We wanted to have fun, and we figured we might as well do something good with it," said Huinker.

The Leuenberger family said the community support has been unbelievable.

"I just want to tell everybody thank you. We couldn't believe how many people have helped us out and we definitely have a feeling of paying it forward to others," said Brian Leuenberger.

So far, Kamryn is doing well and continuing physical therapy.

Results from the transplant could show anywhere from one week to eight months after the procedure.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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