This class has class – and heart

The CPMS Class of 2017 surprised Chris Hogue and his wife, Katie, with a $2,000 check to help pay Katie's medical expenses.When Chris Hogue, D.P.M.’17, his wife, Katie, their two daughters and Katie’s parents were invited to the December meeting of the Iowa Podiatric Medical Students Association (the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery student government body), they thought it was because Chris was going to be presented with an award he’d won at the previous week’s DMU Research Symposium.

While that indeed happened, the CPMS Class of 2017 had something more in mind: The class presented the Hogues with a check for $2,000 to help pay some of the expenses of Katie’s treatment for stage 2A Hodgkin lymphoma.

“Our class really is like one big family,” Chris says.

When Katie noticed a swollen lymph node in her neck nearly two years ago, her doctors advised her to watch it but that it was likely due to allergies or an infection. By the time the node had gotten bigger and harder, she was pregnant with the couple’s second child, so any treatment needed was a no-go. After baby Lindy joined big sister Essie, Katie began a series of tests that led to her diagnosis.

Through that tough time and Katie’s twice-monthly chemo treatments since, they’ve counted their blessings: Katie’s prognosis for full recovery is good. Her retired parents, Linda and Wes Arbon, who moved from North Carolina to Des Moines to help with their granddaughters, are a godsend. The support of Chris’ classmates — who created special “KT Strong” tee shirts to wear on Katie’s chemo days — and the University, which provided the surprise funds, have further helped the couple.

Speaking at the check presentation, CPMS Class of 2017 President Krysta Schroeder praised the Hogues’ impact on the class. “The strength you and your family have shown through this ordeal is awe-inspiring,” she said, “and we want you to know that we are here for you in any way you need us.”

Photo: Kandice Stewart Photography

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