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This is the Charles Bauder Kidney Fund. The funds will be used for Charles' transplant and expenses not covered by insurance.

Charles is a wonderful husband & father to our 6 y/o daughter. He was diagnosed with ESRD (kidney failure) on Feb. 24, 2011. It came as a complete shock to all of us.
Charles was active in Boy Scouts, school sports, & DeMolay in his youth. He always enjoyed the outdoors, camping, & going to the beach. Now, his kidneys have shut down, he would die without dialysis, which has him tethered to a machine to clean his blood of toxins and excess fluid, three days a week, four to five hours each time....he says to "just call me copper top" now...haha This is how he’ll survive for as long as he lives unless he gets a transplant. He has recently gotten an AV Fistula placed in his upper left arm & it will be 6-8 weeks more before he can begin to use that access for his dialysis...for now, he has a permacath in his chest.
We are looking for a living donor as well...otherwise, it could take 3-5 years on "The List" before he'll be able to get a nonliving donor transplant. A nonliving organ donor can save up to eight lives. A donor with two kidneys can save two people with kidney failure. For more info on how the transplant list works, follow this link
or, you can go to for more information.

Currently, Charles has no private insurance, although the Kidney Health Care fund (started after he was discharged from the hospital) does pay for most of his needs & Medicare will start in June, his private insurance ran out just 3 days prior to being admitted to the hospital for a week long stay. Having been self employed for the last 10 years, he has little chance for disability. I am the sole provider for our household & the cost for health isurance is more than we can afford at the moment.

While we don't know what the total expenses will be, we do know that your generosity will go a long way to alleviate any additional stress that these costs may provoke.... so that Charles can focus all of his energy and strength on getting his second chance & back on his feet!

Whether it’s $2 or $200….together, in strength and numbers, we can help make each day a better one for Charles, Summer, & Allyssa. To make a safe, secure credit card donation, please click the “Give Now” button at the top right side of this page.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to send a check, please contact Summer Bauder at Many thanks for your continued and constant support.
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