Packers couple holding rockin' fundraiser for friends in need

Published: Apr. 10, 2019 at 3:29 PM CDT
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Green Bay Packers Center Corey Linsley and his wife Anna are hosting an 80's rock concert to support some friends in need.

The Linsleys are raising money for the Kohlbeck family. The patriarch, John Kohlbeck, had a leg infection which led to complications. It was followed by a series of strokes, then a month in a coma. He remains under care at a Milwaukee hospital.

The Linsleys first met the Kohlbeck family five years ago. Corey and young Travis Kohlbeck teamed up for the Dream Drive at Packers Training Camp. That's the annual tradition when Packers ride bikes with their youngest fans.

The Linsleys and Kohlbecks sparked up a friendship that's lasted for years.

"From the very beginning the Kohlbecks welcomed us with open arms," says Anna Linsley. "We didn’t know what we were doing when we got to town, and we would go tailgate with their family, then we went there for Thanksgiving."

A few weeks ago, John Kohlbeck fell ill.

"It started a little over a month ago. He hadn’t been feeling well. He thought he had the flu, and then he had a sore on his leg which he went to the doctor for, and they did give him some antibiotics. That ended up becoming infected with Necrotizing fasciitis," says Alicia Kohlbeck.

Alicia and John Kohlbeck have four children.

"It’s very hard with four children at home, still trying to find the balance between work and visiting him and being home with the kids," Alicia says. "Fortunately all our family is here so we have their support and support of friends."

Alicia says John is the guy who comes up with funny one-liners. He loves football and 80's rock.

The Linsleys were inspired to host a Rock for John fundraiser to help out their friends. It will be held Wednesday, April 17, at Badger State Brewing Company, 990 Tony Canadeo Run. Johnny Wad is the headlining band. The event is 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15.

"When you have a platform to make a difference for good, fortunately for us it’s as simple as a tweet or two tweets, and then all of a sudden you have a bunch of people who are following along and praying and donating, and it just kind of snowballs from there," Linsley said.

Packer Corey Linsley has a message for his friend, John.

"We’re all praying for you and, hoping the best and a quick recovery, and we’ll have a few beers at the concert for you," Corey says.