UPDATE: Bettendorf native gets experience of a lifetime at Kinnick Stadium


October 21, 2016 – UPDATE: Parker Kress has received some good news from his doctors.

On Thursday, Kress and his family visited the surgeon who was to perform the amputation of Kress’s leg on Tuesday. Instead, Kress’s doctor discovered that his leg was free of infection, meaning that his leg no longer needs to be amputated. Though there’s a chance he may still need an amputation if the infection returns in the future, Kress and his family are optimistic.

Kress will still be honored at Friday night’s Pleasant Valley football game, and school officials say that the school assembly in his honor next week has been changed from a send-off to a celebration. The assembly is scheduled for Monday afternoon at 2:30.

September 11, 2016 – IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWQC) – Over the last two years, Parker Kress, of Bettendorf has spent a lot of time at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, fighting a rare type of bone cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma.

On Saturday, he wasn’t in Iowa City for another treatment or appointment, but the day was all about a very special moment for Kress across the street at Kinnick Stadium.

“Nothing holds him back, he’s a go getter, he’s an active kid, he likes to go,” Kristin Dumser said about her son, Parker Kress.

When Kress was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at 13 years old, the Iowa Hawkeyes were there for him.

“For Parker, these guys would come up to the hospital and they would cheer him on,” Dumser said.

“Like I actually met a football player, that’s crazy to think,” Kress said.

After going through 17 rounds of chemotherapy and six surgeries at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Kress is now in remission. On Saturday, he made the trip to Iowa City to be there for the Hawkeyes as their kid captain.

“It means a lot because I’ve been cheering them on for years and then they cheered me on and it’s amazing,” Kress said.

With cheers coming from thousands of fans at Kinnick Stadium all for Kress.

“I was really nervous, I looked around and there’s so many people,” he said.

The roar got even louder, when they found out it was also his 15th birthday.

The Bettendorf native says the opportunity to walk on the field and stand next to some of his favorite football players, is a day he’ll never forget.

“One of the best moments, definitely,” he said. “I felt like I was a part of the team and I was about to play on the field.”

As he continues to cheer on the Hawkeyes, he says he wants to bring awareness to childhood cancers like his.

“It only gets four percent of total funding for all the cancers combined, and that needs to be raised,” Kress said.

He says he will be traveling to Washington D.C. next week to speak at the Whitehouse about getting more funding for childhood cancers.

Kress still goes in for scans every three months. A surgery he had to remove a tumor left an infection below his right knee. He is now preparing for amputation surgery on Oct. 25 to remove that infection.

You can find more information on Kress’ journey on the Power for Parker Facebook Page.

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