IOWA CITY — A Cedar Falls teenager is this Saturday’s honorary Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes football game against the University of Michigan.
Doctors discovered Andrew Morlan was in kidney failure shortly after he and his twin brother, Isaac, were born. He was rushed to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, where it was determined he needed a kidney transplant.
Andrew was placed on dialysis before he had grown enough to receive a kidney from his mother when he was 14 months old.
Years later, he was diagnosed with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, a rare cancer that develops in transplant patients, as well as eosinophilic esophagitis, an inflammation that damages the lining of the esophagus.
In August 2019, he received a second kidney transplant, this time from his uncle. Now 15, Andrew enjoys drawing and playing video games with his twin brother and friends.
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Kid Captain is open to any current or former University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital patient 18 years of age or younger. All Kid Captains receive a commemorative jersey, special recognition from UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and an invitation to a special behind-the-scenes tour of Kinnick Stadium in August.
For more information, visit uichildrens.org/2019-andrew.
In its 11th year, Kid Captain is a partnership between UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor pediatric patients and celebrate their inspirational stories. For more information, visit uichildrens.org/kidcaptain.