Hundreds rally around teen waiting for heart transplant

Quad-City Times | Linda Cook

QUAD-CITY TIMES Colby Carlson, right, 14, of Davenport, who recently was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, jokes around with classmates from Williams Intermediate School during a fundraiser for he and his family Sunday at the Elks Club in Davenport.

The pack Colby Carlson, 14, of Davenport wore Sunday afternoon — and always — is keeping him alive while he waits for a new heart.

Colby, the son of Laura Carlson and Scott Carlson, both of Davenport, looked like any other teenager enjoying animated conversations with friends and family members. Hundreds of people attended a fundraiser Sunday at the Elks Club, 4400 W. Central Park Ave., to help the family with medical costs as they wait for a heart transplant.

Games, food, music, drinks, auctions and raffles inside and outside the building drew hundreds to create a festive atmosphere designed to help the family through the serious situation.

Seeing all his friends and family was “pretty cool,” said Colby, whose friends and family members were constantly by his side. His diagnosis, on the other hand: "It’s not very fun.”

His buddies stayed near him throughout the event. “This is my best friend,” said Bre Williams, of Davenport. The event, she said, “is very supportive. It shows we care.” Continue reading