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updated: 11/12/2012 7:27 PM

Fund started for Round Lake Beach man who lost 3 limbs to Legionnaires

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Andrea Schnorr

A medical trust fund has been established with the goal of raising $50,000 to help defray the medical needs of Round Lake resident Kent Carson, who contracted Legionnaire's disease in early August.

Carson, who had his left hand and lower arm, along with both lower legs amputated due to complications from fighting the disease, is currently receiving treatment at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. In addition to medical care, funds will be needed to retrofit his home, according to his son Brennen Carson.

A bacterial form of pneumonia, Legionnaires disease is contracted via water or water vapor found in hot tubs, water fountains, and industrial air conditioners. While often thought of as a rare disease, thousands of Legionnaire's cases are reported each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionnaire's disease is often misdiagnosed leading to underreporting.

Contributions can be sent to the Kent Carson Trust, US Bank, 808 W. State St. Geneva, IL 60134 or online at

Kent Carson grew up in Arlington Heights, graduated Rolling Meadows High School, lived in Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village and currently is a resident of Round Lake Beach.