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Earlville teen will be Hawkeye Kid Captain

EARLVILLE (KWWL) -- 15-year-old Korri Hoeger spends three days a week in Iowa City at the Children's Hospital.

Three days a week she receives dialysis on her kidneys.
Three days a week they make the trip from Earlville to Iowa City.

Saturday, they'll be making another trip.
This time, it won't be to the hospital.

After several tests, the Hoeger family learned Korri has Wegener's Disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the blood vessels and organs.
In Korri's situation, it's life threatening.

"She had hemorrhaging in her lungs, and her kidneys were damaged when we got there," her mom Mitzi said.

Korri received treatments and began kidney dialysis. She returned home by the end of the month. But after two weeks, her condition worsened and Korri was back in Iowa City, hospitalized for 38 days.

"Last year we'd, during the home games, we'd sneak outside to the parking ramp to watch the [Iowa Hawkeye] games just cause we were so close," Korri's dad Russ said.

Korri returned home just in time for Thanksgiving last year. 

This Labor Day weekend, Korri and her family return to Iowa City for the fourth time this week.
This time, Korri steps onto the field at Kinnick Stadium, as Kid Captain.
It's her first time actually going to a game.

Korri is a 10th grader at Maquoketa Valley High School.
For now, her family continues to make the 160-mile round trip to Iowa City three times each week.
This fall, Korri will become the first UI Children's Hospital patient to receive dialysis at home. That's something Korri says will give her more time for her friends and family.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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