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

Marijka Michmershuizen portrait

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. Story

Brothers will be Kid Captains when Hawkeyes host Indiana for Homecoming

portrait of the three brothers standing outside

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. Story

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

Matthew McCarthy

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. Story

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

Faith LeMaster

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. Story

DeWitt boy to be Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Ball State

Joseph Burken

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. Story

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2014 Kid Captains meet UI football players at Kinnick during Kids Day

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. Video

Ottumwa boy kicks off Kid Captain 2014 in game against Northern Iowa

portrait of Treytun

At age 4, Treytun Garcia of Ottumwa developed what looked like a rash on his left foot. He was soon diagnosed with linear scleroderma, an autoimmune disease characterized by the hardening of the skin and connective tissues. Garcia was chosen as the Kid Captain for the football game this Saturday when the Hawkeyes face the Panthers at Kinnick Stadium. Story

Nominations are open for UI Children's Hospital 2014 Kid Captains

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’ 2014 football season. Nominations will be accepted through April 9. Story

Loves the Hawks, waits for new heart

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2014.01.01
Robertson

Krystal Robertson, 6, Kid Captain for the Outback Bowl, cheered on the football team from the University of Iowa Children's Hospital as she awaits a new heart. Story from: Quad-City Times

Quad-City Times

Davenport girl is honorary Kid Captain for Outback Bowl game

Portrait of Kyrstal Roberson

Krystal Robertson’s hospital room does not look like that of a typical 6-year-old. The walls are covered with One Direction and Iowa Hawkeye posters, her Xbox 360 always has a zombie game playing, and her door is filled with photos of Krystal with her family, friends, and medial team. Story

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