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Hedrick girl, 16, to serve as honorary Kid Captain for Heroes Game

Reagen Kopsieker is a spunky, spirited 16-year-old who loves to spend her time shopping and on social media, a sharp contrast to the days after her birth, when her parents worried she wouldn’t live to see her first birthday.
Beau Atkinson Kid Captain

Central City boy, 13, is Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Purdue Nov. 21

Unusual bruising as a toddler led to diagnosis of hemophilia
Hemophilia is a rare disorder in which the blood doesn’t clot normally because it lacks certain crucial proteins. Beau Atkinson would bleed internally rather than externally, which led to bruising. Making matters worse, Beau received the most severe hemophilia diagnosis.
Drake Fricke

Marshalltown boy, 8, is Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Minnesota on Saturday

Drake Fricke was diagnosed with Hirschsprung's disease a day after his birth
When Drake Fricke was just one day old, doctors in Marshalltown found a blockage in his colon and sent him to a Des Moines hospital where it was suggested he may have Hirschsprung’s disease, a condition that affects the colon and can make newborns unable to have a bowel movement.
Sean Peck

Tipton boy, 5, is Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Maryland on Halloween

Family participates in clinical trials to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis
When Sean Peck was 9 days old, a test revealed he has cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder that causes his body to produce thick, sticky mucus. The disease impacts Sean’s lungs, pancreas, and liver, affecting his breathing, digestion, and growth.
Kid Captain Nick

Pella boy, 12, to be Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Illinois for Homecoming

Toddler's once-quirky gait was diagnosed as Duchenne muscular dystrophy
DMD is a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle degeneration. It is most common in very young boys and first affects the muscles of the hips, pelvic area, thighs, and shoulders. It eventually impacts additional muscles, and by the early teen years, the heart and respiratory muscles become affected.
Kid Captain Logan

Mason City boy, 6, is Honorary Kid Captain when Hawkeyes travel to Wisconsin

Logan Brown was born with microcephaly and other birth defects
When Logan Brown was just 20 hours old, his doctors noticed a blood clot near a large vein that carries blood to his heart. He was transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, where pediatric specialists discovered other challenges.
Laila Walton

Cedar Rapids girl to be Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host North Texas

Girl's rare disorder puts potassium, sodium at odds and causes chemical imbalance
Genetic testing revealed that Laila Walton possessed a variant of the gene associated with hypokalemic periodic paralysis, a rare kidney disorder, which may be responsible for her symptoms.
Kid Captain Colton

Sioux City boy, 8, is Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Pittsburgh Sept. 19

Colton Barker had eye removed after cancer diagnosis at age 2
Colton's parents noticed something cloudy in their toddler's eye in 2009 and thought it was related to their new puppy. Their doctor recognized the symptoms and referred the family to UI Children's Hospital, where it was determined Colton had retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina.
Abi Frye jersey

Muscatine teen to be honorary Kid Captain when Hawks take on Iowa State Sept. 12

Abi Frye was born at just 25 weeks
Early on in her pregnancy, Abi’s mother, Julie, wasn’t feeling well and was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication that causes high blood pressure and protein in the urine, which can be life-threatening to both mother and baby.