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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.

Joseph Burken

DeWitt boy to be Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Ball State

Joseph Burken used his illness to become an advocate for kids with cancer

Joseph Burken of DeWitt, Iowa, was diagnosed with an astrocytoma, a cancerous tumor in the center of his brain. He also had hydrocephalus—a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling. Burken will be the Kid Captain Saturday when the Hawkeyes face Ball State in Kinnick.

Kids Day at Kinnick 2014

Kid Captains suit up

2014 Kid Captains kick off season with personalized tour of Kinnick Stadium

Have you ever seen the inside of the Hawkeye locker room? Join our 2014 Kid Captains for a special behind-the-scenes tour during Kids Day at Kinnick on Aug. 16. Watch this video and don't forget to share it with your friends and family.

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