Concert to benefit Touchet student

Josh Kraut, who suffers from a hereditary kidney disease, faces dialysis and a possible transplant.

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TOUCHET -- A benefit concert to raise money to help Touchet High School senior Josh Kraut with expenses related to school and to treatment for a hereditary kidney disease will be Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. in the Touchet High School multipurpose room.

Along with the concert there will be an auction and dessert. Admission is a $5 donation.

Musicians performing include Courtney and Melisa Creek and Band; Walla Walla Community College Jazz Ensemble, Touchet High School students Ian and Emily, the Touchet High School Band, Weaver Family, Kraut Family and Friends, Dan Harvey Jr. and Band, Kim Smith, Richard Easton and band and the Wa-Hi Ensemble Band.

Josh tested positive for Alport's syndrome just four months after his father Rich Kraut died due to complications from the disease in October 2008.

On November tests revealed kidney failure for Josh is months away instead of years. He has been officially accepted into the kidney transplant program out of Spokane's Sacred Heart Medical Center, and will begin kidney dialysis soon.

The dialysis will mean many trips to his doctor. Although as much as possible will be done locally, his primary doctor is in Spokane. He needs a reliable car and gas money to make it to school every day and to upcoming doctor appointments.

Josh attends the Running Start program at Walla Walla Community College. He plays in the Touchet Band, was a state finalist at the Washington State FBLA contest and represented Touchet at the national contest in Nashville in July.

He plays the vibes for the Jazz Ensemble at WWCC and hopes to transfer to the University of Idaho and play in the program at the Lionel Hampton School of Music.

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