A benefit for a real superhero

13-year-old Colby Carlson needs a heart transplant

By Sarah Greene | sgreene@whbf.com

Published 08/30 2015 09:19PM

Updated 08/30 2015 09:19PM

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One local family had their life turned upside down this year, when their 13-year-old son was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. 
 
Colby Carlson is waiting for one phone call that could save his life. He needs a heart transplant, and is waiting for his name to be next on the list.
 
Colby's friends and family came out to the Elks Club in Davenport Sunday to have some fun and raise some funds.
 
In April Colby Carlson was rushed to the hospital in Iowa City, and within hours he was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Congestive Heart Failure. Doctors told him he would need a heart transplant.
 
Now all that's left to do is wait for phone call saying it's Colby's turn. 
 
His mom, Laura Carlson said,  "Every time the phone rings I hope it's them. Everyday Colby asks me, have you got a phone call? Is today the day?"
 
In the meantime the 13-year-old had open heart surgery to have a pump, that keeps his heart beating implanted. That device is either run by a  battery or it must be plugged into the wall, and that's why he's a real life Iron Man. 
 
Colby said,  "I get plugged into the wall like Iron Man [...] and he's got the same thing I have. Cardiomyopathy." 
 
Since his diagnoses Colby's mom had to quit her job so she could stay home with him, and his family has been struggling with the staggering medical bills.
 
That's what prompted Sunday's benefit, which included a table for the Iowa Donor Network encouraging the guests to become organ donors. So they can help people like Colby who are waiting for the gift of life. 
 
But despite the waiting and the hospital visits Colby's family says he's proving to be a real superhero through it all.
 
His mom said, "He has been absolutely so strong through all of it. Always tells me don't worry about me mom, I'm fine. It's no big deal, it'll be all right. He comforts me, and I gain my strength from him," 
 
If you would like to help the Carlson family visit their Gofundme page: www.Gofundme.com/colbycarlson
or you can make a donation at Quad Cities Bank & Trust under the Colby Carlson Heart Fund.
 
If you like to learn more about being an organ donor visit  www.IowaDonorRegistry.org

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