‘Rally for Rohleder’ fundraiser to support WNY dad battling rare form of leukemia

A local dad is battling one of the rarest forms of leukemia and now the community is rallying to support him.

“My husband, Keith Rohleder, is a kind and generous man,” said Tricia Rohleder, wife. “He’s the kind of man who stops to buy food if he sees a homeless person on the side of the road. A man who has opened his home to troubled youth and mentored kids with a goal to keep teens active and out of trouble. A hard worker and a great father to our sons, William and Daniel.”

With no successful treatment options, life expentancy for Keith was 12 to 22 months which he has thankfully surpassed. The only hope is experimental procedures which are 500 miles from home. While there are no guarantees the extra procedures will work, he endures them anyway to help his medical research team find a cure.

“If I can’t save myself, maybe I can save someone else,” he says.

Since Keith has been so selfless throughout his life, the community wants to give back to him. “Rally for Rohleder” will be held 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Admission is $20 and includes food, refreshments and entertainment. There will also be theme baskets, speciality raffles and a 50/50. All money raised will go to help Keith with medical expenses. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

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