Baldwin City woman to help longtime friends with pancake supper
The Baldwin City community is being asked to help the family of a local resident recovering from a liver transplant.
Becky Fender said she was organizing a benefit pancake supper for longtime friends Pat and Kay Trusler and their family.
Pat Trusler had a life-saving liver transplant March 14 at the Kansas University Medical Center after he was diagnosed with liver cancer two months earlier.
“He’s still in the hospital, but he’s doing much better,” Fender said. “When I visited that Thursday, it was so bad they had taken him off the (transplant) list. But they found a liver that day and he went in for a three and a half hour surgery.”
Trusler’s new liver also cured him of Wilson’s disease, a genetic condition that brought on the cancer and claimed the life of his sister, Fender said.
The Truslers have eight children, five of whom are from 12 to 18 years of age and still live at home. Pat has been unable to work for sometime because of health issues, and Kay is currently preoccupied with visiting her husband and taking care of their children, Fender.
Fender said she was organizing the pancake supper to help her friends.
“I felt like I needed to do something and this was something I could do,” she said. “I’m shooting for feeding 500 people. It may be more or less, but that’s what I’m counting on. This is what community is for — to stand up and help each other.”
The community has rallied to her call for donations, providing 100 pounds of flour, 15 pounds of pancake mix and 100 eggs, Fender said.
“I’m looking for more,” she said. “I also need butter, syrup and sausage links. I’m also looking for a big griddle to make things easier.”
Those who would like to help with the donations are asked to call Fender at 785-423-5272.
The family is also looking for a new home to rent in the community once Pat is released from the hospital, Fender said.
“Where they are living is just not workable for him to move into right now,” she said. “With four boys and one girl, they would like at least a four bedroom or something with a full finished basement they can use as two bedrooms.”