A popular Orchard Park puppeteer has been diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer


ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) — An Orchard Park art teacher, known for his popular puppeteer videos on YouTube, announced he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month.

On Tuesday, August 2, 34-year-old Adam Kreutinger posted his diagnosis on his popular YouTube channel in a 10-minute video.

“I really don’t want people to be upset about this. I just thought it was important for everyone to know. I don’t want people to feel bad for me. I appreciate everyone’s support. world. I’m sure people will continue to support. I want to continue to do [puppetry] and I will continue like this. It might look a little different for a little while,” Kreutinger explained in the YouTube video.

His family created a GoFundMe account to help Kreutinger during his battle with cancer. He surpassed his goal of $50,000 in four days.

The GoFundMe details how the family learned about her brain tumor on July 13 while playing volleyball:

“Adam Kreutinger unexpectedly suffered his first seizure while playing volleyball with his colleagues. He was rushed to hospital, where a mass in his brain was detected during a CT scan. The news came as a shock to him and his family, so doctors did a biopsy to find out more.

Kreutinger was scheduled for surgery Wednesday morning to remove as much of the tumor as possible.

Doctors want to remove as much of the tumor as they can, which would give him the best outcome, according to the Kreutinger.

“What seems to be the only problem with my situation is that the size, location and shape of the tumor is in a place where they can’t really get to it easily. They’re afraid that if they try to remove too much of it, it could cause too much brain damage where I risk losing mobility, body movement, use of a leg or an arm. Many other potential cognitive issues,” a explained Kreutinger in his YouTube video.

On Saturday, his wife, Maria, shared that Adam had suffered another seizure which “resulted in an injury”. Fortunately, “scans showed no further damage to his overall condition,” according to the Twitter post.

In addition to being a teacher for about a decade, Kreutinger is a father of two children, a husband, a puppeteer, a YouTuber, and a writer.

In a statement sent to 7 News on Tuesday, Adam Kreutinger said:

“Thank you all for your support and kindness during this time. My family and I are beyond grateful for the number of people who have reached out to support us. Please wish me well. I look forward to returning to The Puppet soon Nerd Studio! We plan to keep people updated. To pass the time during recovery, I’d love to see videos or photos of anyone making puppets or performing puppet skits they’ve created. Use the hashtag # PuppetNerd so I can receive them. Thanks again and keep making puppets!”

Adam Kreutinger

Kreutinger shared a post-surgery update Thursday afternoon, on Facebook, “Things so far seem to have gone as well as they could have. While the effects of the surgery have since worn off yesterday, I definitely feel it more today and I’m pretty exhausted.”

Health updates will be shared on Adam Kreutinger’s “Kreutinger Puppets” Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.



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