Cort Kallansrud and his family of Humboldt were special guests of ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard at the ISU homecoming football victory over Baylor on Oct. 27.
One of the special guests Cort got to meet was Seneca Wallace, former ISU quarterback and current NFL free agent. He also got to meet the Cyclone mascot, Cy.
Pollard invited Kallansrud to be his guest in his suite after meeting Cort at the Cyclone Tailgate at Rustix last summer.
“They loved it. Jamie Pollard was busy and we weren’t able to see him, but Iowa State won the game and we all had fun,” Cort’s mother, Emily Rees said.
Cort and his cousins, Daven and Hanah Rees, all had footballs autographed by Seneca Wallace. Iowa State kept the footballs and is getting more autographs before they send them back to Humboldt.
Cort is a sixth grader at Humboldt Middle School who just turned 12. He’s missed a lot of school this year as he continues to fight a build up of fluid in his stomach.
A benefit was held last February at Taft Elementary to help send Cort to Boston for special treatment. He had a procedure called sclerotherapy twice. During sclerotherapy doctors inject medicine into his kidneys to try to shrink the disease and reduce the seepage.
He returns to Boston on Jan. 24 for more sclerotheraphy and for further testing for his thoracic duct.
“If he’s a candidate for thoracic duct treatment, which we hope he is, then it could solve the fluid problem,” Rees said.
She said Cort continues to miss lots of school this year because as the fluid is drained, he loses sodium and ends up having to be hospitalized to get his sodium levels back up.
“We are hopeful they will be able to do the thoracic duct treatment. And then maybe he can get the tube out (used to drain the fluid) and get his hernias taken care of,” Rees said. “He loves sports and wants to participate so bad. But if something would happen to that tube….it’s his lifeline.”
The trip to the Iowa State game was sandwiched around hospital stays for Cort, but served as a spirit booster for him.
“He wants so badly to be like everyone else. Cort had a great time at the game. We are very appreciative to Jamie Pollard and Iowa State,” Rees said.
“Cort is a very special boy and I am so glad we were able to provide him a small break from his daily struggles. I am truly inspired by his courage and have been impressed by his positive attitude on life. We will continue to pray for Cort and his family as they work to overcome his medical challenges,” Jamie Pollard, ISU Athletic Director, said.