Cort Kallansrud, a sixth grader at Humboldt Middle School, has been invited to be a guest of Iowa State University Athletic Director Jamie Pollard at the ISU homecoming football game this Saturday.
Pollard sent Kallansrud five tickets. Cort and his guests will be sitting with Pollard in his suite to watch the ISU-Baylor football game. Kort plans to bring his cousin and a friend along with his mother, Emily Reese, and a friend of hers.
Kallansrud has a disease that causes fluid to fill his stomach.
A benefit was held at Taft Elementary School last February to help send Cort to Boston for specialized treatment. Pollard sent items for the auction at the benefit, and then met Cort at the Cyclone Tailgate Tour at Rustix this summer. It was at the tour that he said he’d be inviting Cort to a game.
Cort’s mother, Emily, said the treatments in Boston have been very helpful. He has had sclerotherapy twice, a procedure where medicine was injected into his kidneys to try to shrink the disease and reduce the seepage.
Reese said doctors in Boston now think his thoracic duct is abnormal, which allows the fluid to drain into his belly.
“The sclerotherapy worked. Cort is no longer on blood pressure medicine. In fact, he’s off of all medicines except for two medications to help regulate his sodium,” Reese said.
She said when the fluid is drained from him, he loses sodium.
“He’s ended up in the hospital on a pretty regular basis due to the sodium drop. It’s been scary. It’s almost like he goes into diabetic shock,” Reese said.
They are waiting for another appointment to be scheduled in Boston for further treatment of his thoracic duct.
This week, the plan was to test his blood Wednesday (normally it’s done on Friday). He could be hospitalized Thursday and hopefully out on Friday and off to the game on Saturday.
“He’s in good spirits. He’s been in and out of the hospital a lot. He wants to go out for sports so bad, but until he gets rid of some of the tubes, doctors said he can’t risk it. He’s looking forward to going to the game,” Reese said.