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2014 Kid Captain Treyvon Martin stands on the sidelines with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

UI Children's Hospital announces 2015 Kid Captains

Program kicks off seventh year with Hawkeyes
Thirteen kids ranging in age from 5 to 18 will serve as the UI Children's Hospital Kid Captains during the 2015 Hawkeye football season.
Kid captain standing with UI Hawkeye football players

UI Children's Hospital opens nominations for 2015 Kid Captains

Program enters seventh year, nominations accepted through March 24
Parents and guardians of current or former pediatric patients of University of Iowa Children’s Hospital are invited to nominate their child as a Kid Captain for the Hawkeyes’ 2015 football season. Nominations will be accepted through March 24.
Liam Feeley

West Des Moines boy, 10, is Kid Captain when Hawkeyes take on Nebraska

Rare genetic disorder left Liam Feeley missing large bones in his arms
When Liam was 2 months old, the Feeleys came to University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and met with pediatric orthopedic surgeon Ericka Lawler, who put the family at ease.
Rylan Mohr

Hudson boy, 8, will be Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Wisconsin Nov. 22

Skin condition causes blisters at the slightest irritation
"UI Children’s Hospital has really changed our lives. They brought Rylan along from a disease which he was not expected to live more than a year to being a very healthy 8-year-old boy," says Mark Mohr, Rylan's father.
Charlotte Wagaman

Keokuk toddler to be honorary Kid Captain when Hawkeyes take on Illinois

Charlotte had a heart mass that was detected before birth
At just one month old, Charlotte Wagaman of Keokuk, Iowa, began seeing University of Iowa Children’s Hospital cardiologists to determine the best treatment plan. The mass wasn't cancerous but needed to be removed to eliminate risk of heart attack, stroke, or sudden death.
Caitlyn Hill

Iowa City girl, 11, to be Honorary Kid Captain when Hawkeyes take on Northwestern

Caitlyn Hill had sickle cell anemia until a bone marrow transplant gave her a new outlook
In 2013, Caitlyn Hill underwent a bone marrow transplant at University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Today, she has 100 percent donor red blood cells and is considered cured of sickle cell anemia.
Marijka Michmershuizen portrait

Pella girl, 11, to be Kid Captain when Iowa takes on Maryland

Diagnosis of rare immune disorder came at age 4
University of Iowa Children's Hospital doctors diagnosed Marijka Michmershuizen with Job syndrome—an extremely rare immune disorder that causes skin rashes, respiratory infections, weak bones, and retention of baby teeth, among other things.
portrait of the three brothers standing outside

Brothers will be Kid Captains when Hawkeyes host Indiana for Homecoming

Brothers from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, share same genetic heart disorder
Researchers at UI Children’s Hospital determined three brothers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, carried the same defective gene that would lead to arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, a condition that causes fatty tissue to build up in the heart and can worsen heart function.
Matthew McCarthy

Marion, Iowa, boy will be Kid Captain when Hawkeyes take on Purdue Sept. 27

Spinal cord inflammation diagnosis came when he was a baby
Kid Captain Matthew McCarthy of Marion, Iowa, had a cold, and the virus from the cold activated his immune system, which mistakenly attacked the myelin in his spinal cord, resulting in messages not being carried to and from the brain properly. McCarthy receives all of his primary care at UI Children’s Hospital.
Faith LeMaster

Ankeny girl, 10, is Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Iowa State

Faith LeMaster was born with arthrogryposis, clubfoot, bleeding on the brain
Faith LeMaster has a smile that lights up a room. Despite the many health challenges she has endured throughout her life, this 10-year-old has never let tough times dim that smile.