July 27, 2018

Teen seriously injured in France is home, but financial help is still needed

Criterion staff report

Alex Kalscheur, the 18-year-old member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish in Greenwood who broke his back in France on July 6, was scheduled to arrive home by July 25.

According to a short video posted by his mother, Amy Kalscheur, on her Facebook page on July 23, Alex will enter a rehabilitation center upon arriving back in Indiana. It was estimated that he would be in the rehabilitation center for about a month.

Kalscheur had one thing to say about the news: “God is good. All the time.”

As of July 23, Alex’s GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/982pa-bring-Alex-home) reported donations totaling $74,355. The goal is $100,000.

Marcy Renken, a member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish, noted that the parish’s bake sale held after each Mass on the weekend of July 21-22 raised $5,000.

Renken is also helping organize a dinner, dance and silent auction fundraiser at the parish, 335 S. Meridian St., in Greenwood, from 6-11 p.m. on July 28. While tickets are limited, Renken believed there would still be tickets available on the day of the event. An optional spaghetti dinner will be served from 6-7:30 p.m. for $10 per person, with a maximum cost of $50 per family. The dance and silent auction start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for the event. All attending the event—whether eating dinner or not—are asked to register online at bit.ly/2NRjxAZ (case sensitive). Separate registrations are available for those purchasing dinner and those who are not. For more information, contact Marcy Renken at 317-489-1557 or sgtrenken@hotmail.com.

The Our Lady of the Greenwood Knights of Columbus Council #6138 is also raising money for the Kalscheurs by hosting a breakfast from 9-11:30 a.m. on July 29. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for children up to age 9. Cash or checks will be accepted. For more information, call the parish office at 317‑888-2861.

Those who wish to assist the Kalscheurs without attending an event or donating online may send a check made out to Michael Kalscheur to Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish, Attention: Michael Kalscheur, 335 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN, 46413. †

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