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COLLECTION REOPENED

Support Cory and his family through this fundraiser!  Wear this shirt to show support for Cory!!
All proceeds to benefit the family for assisting with medical costs.

Order now….this collection closes Monday August 2 at 2pm. Thank you Nicki Gansen for your artistic talents creating this heartfelt design that exemplifies Cory’s love of cars.

Cory’s story

Cory was born in 2002 with a condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, known as HLHS. This means he was born with a small left ventricle, a hole in the heart, underdeveloped heart valves, a small Aorta, and a hole connecting the pulmonary artery (blue blood) with the Aorta (red blood). All children with this condition will die without intervention. Cory has had three open-heart surgeries to “rewire” his heart: At nine days, six months, and three years old.

At age 16 Cory had appendicitis, which led to four days in the Iowa City ICU and a new diagnosis—PLE (Protein Losing Enteropathy). This is a condition that almost all post-surgical HLHS children develop over time. Over the next year, Cory had two more stays in the ICU because the PLE could not be managed well with medications. Shortly after a third ICU stay in a year, his medical team determined Cory should be placed on the transplant list for a new heart, which is the only cure for PLE. He was officially placed on the transplant list February 10, 2020.

Cory is now 19 and over the past year, his failing heart and the increase in medications have caused liver and kidney damage,  not to mention the stress of staying safe throughout COVID19. Due to the increased liver damage, Cory moved up the transplant list on February 23, 2021, in the hopes of receiving a new heart before the liver and kidneys become so damaged they will also need to be transplanted. Post-transplant Cory may not live worry-free, but with some community support, he could have just a little less burden to carry on his shoulders.