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Rainer Kührer is doing better after suffering from leukemia

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The diagnosis of leukemia turned Rainer Kührer’s life completely upside down last summer: The 41-year-old ex-soccer player from SV Ried, who has also coached numerous lower-level clubs in Upper Austria, has played the most difficult match of his life in recent months . “In May 2022, I was completely unexpectedly diagnosed with leukemia and the information that only a stem cell transplant could save my life,” says the coach of the state division Pettenbach.

His sister Kerstin then became his lifesaver: “Not everyone is lucky enough to find a donor with their sister so quickly. I will be eternally grateful to her for that.” After a bone marrow donation and numerous chemotherapy treatments, Kührer was able to leave the hospital. “My blood counts are fine, it’s slowly going uphill.”

“You can save lives”

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He received full support from his club from day one: Pettenbach cushioned the loss internally and will wait for the 41-year-old as long as it takes. After his own stony path, Kührer now wants to save other people’s lives as well: He is promoting a stem cell typing campaign in his home town of Sattledt. Organized by Regina Gundendorfer, the event will take place on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Festdepot Ackerl. “When Regina heard about my illness, she actually wanted to organize the campaign for me. I think it’s admirable that she’s doing it. The more people who can be typed, the greater the chance of finding a suitable donor. You can help save lives with little effort,” says Kührer, who is getting his old life back step by step: “I’m allowed to go out on the soccer field and watch a game again, but I still have to manage my energy well.” He has no stress when returning to the coaching zone: “In the past few months I have learned what is important in life. I prefer to take it slow and hope to be able to get back into it in the summer.”

Typing Action: Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Festdepot Ackerl (Hauptstraße 50, 4642 Sattledt)

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Rainer Kührer (left) as a player for Bundesliga club SV Ried
Image: OON

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