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Kinze Hemann is Kid Captain for Hawkeye home opener against Miami of Ohio Sept. 3

September 1, 2016
Northern-Sun Print
Kinzie Hemann, 7, daughter of Josh and Heather Hemann, of Reinbeck, Iowa, will serve as Kid Captain when the Hawkeyes hold their home opener against Miami of Ohio on Sept. 3. When Kinzie was an infant, she bruised easily, even from fingers as someone picked her up. Doctors assured her parents that easy bruising sometimes happens. But when her ears wouldn’t stop bleeding after she had tubes inserted at 10 months, the Hemanns knew something was not right. Days after her first birthday, Kinzie was diagnosed with von Willebrand disease Type 3, a genetic blood disorder caused by a missing protein, which leaves her blood unable to clot. Following Kinzie’s diagnosis, she had multiple hospital visits for bleeding episodes, including a trip to the emergency room and hospitalization in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Kinzie doesn’t let her disorder hold her back. She’s an active girl who loves basketball, soccer, and break dancing. More information and a video about Kinzie are available at www.uichildrens.org/2016-kinzie. Now in its eighth year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children’s Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor pediatric patients and celebrate their inspirational stories. For more information, visit www.uichildrens.org/kidcaptain.

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