Running for Blake

STATE CENTER – Blake Burdorf has been through much more than someone about to turn 2 years old should have to handle.

The son of Aaron and Jamie Burdorf of State Center, he was born with kidney disease and spent 70 days at the University of Iowa Hospitals after his birth. He currently gets daily dialysis at home and has to eat through a feeding tube.

Through it all, Blake, who is a twin brother to Bowen, is taking his condition in stride.

“If you saw him on the street you wouldn’t know,” said his mother Jamie. “I think he’s doing really awesome.”

The twins turn 2 years old on Monday. They also have two other siblings – Jenna, 7, and Brody, 5.

A 5K fun run/walk benefit for Blake will be held at 10 a.m. April 13 at West Marshall High School. The run will go through State Center and registration is $25 the day of the race.

The benefit will help pay for expenses and trips to the hospital for the family. Blake is expected to have an upcoming bladder surgery, and his parents are hopeful for a kidney transplant sometime this summer. His father Aaron is being tested to see if he is a match to donate a kidney to Blake.

“Knock on wood (the transplant) will be this summer,” Jamie said.

Blake has already beat the odds. Before he was born, he was given a 10 percent chance of survival by doctors. Jamie said Blake’s condition has helped them put things into perspective and enjoy the moments they have with him.

“We feel very lucky that Blake is a part of our family even though the odds were against him,” she said. “Blake helps us keep things in perspective and remember what is really important on a daily basis.”

For more information about the 5K event, call Danielle Toyne at 641-485-9399.