For those who remember Jake Disterhaupt’s performance on the football field last fall or who watched him at the Section 7A South Subsection track and field meet Wednesday, it might be hard to believe that only a few months ago words such as dialysis and renal failure were being tossed around in regard to the Willow River junior.
Soon after leading Moose Lake-Willow River to the Prep Bowl and being named News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year, Disterhaupt battled an opponent he wasn’t prepared to face.
On Jan. 20 — his 17th birthday — Disterhaupt came down with a fever and a rash before a basketball game against Cook County. He missed that game and at least eight others as the fever grew and red dots broke out all over his body.
“I was freaking out and kind of scared because nobody in the family knew what it was,” Disterhaupt said.
Four days later, he went to Gateway Family Clinic in Moose Lake and was diagnosed with scarlet fever.