Honored Kid

Eli Kortan

Age 21
Eli Kortan Kid Photo


Alexandria, SD, US


Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

Date of Diagnosis

January 2015


Cancer free

Treated At

Sanford Children's Hospital Masonic Children's Hospital

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My Story

Eli was first diagnosed with  Pre B Cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) in January 2015 at the age of 13. After 3 years and 4 months of treatment, Eli successfully finished on Star Wars Day (very fitting), May 4th, 2018.  After just over 2 years off treatment and right before he was supposed to start college, Eli relapsed in August 2020. It was also discovered that he was Philadelphia-like positive, which  makes it harder to treat. Eli went through car-T treatment at U of M in January 2021, then had a cord blood bone marrow transplant in April 2021. He has his 1 year post-BMT checkup soon and has been doing terrific. He is finishing his first year of school and loving life in typical Eli fashion!

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