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"It really made him feel good": 4-year-old patient reacts to new "waving" tradition at Kinnick

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A new touching Kinnick tradition is making waves in eastern Iowa and across the nation.

The "Iowa Hawkeyes Wave" first happened during the team's season opener against Wyoming earlier this month. At the end of the first quarter, all of Kinnick Stadium turned and waved to the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital, much of which looks directly into the home of the Hawkeyes. It's an amazing sight to see but on the other side, it can truly change someone's day.

Brandon Hemphill says, "I don't think they realize what it means to the kids up here. Once you see it from the other side, it's phenomenal."

Brandon's son Wyatt is 4-years-old and has a rare immunodeficiency disorder. 

"He's had surgery to take out some of his lymph nodes, he's had his appendix taken out and he had a bone marrow transplant in May," Brandon says.

Saturday started off as a rough day for Wyatt.

"He wasn't feeling the best, he was having some pain....just a really crummy week," Brandon says.

Dad says that all changed the moment they pulled his bed to the window- and saw this..."They are waving!" 

Brandon says, "He thought it was the coolest thing in the world, thousands of people stopping what they are doing to turn around and wave up here."

Something so simple, giving Wyatt and so many others a happy distraction to their day.

"It's just a wave, but the smallest little thing is huge for them. It really made him feel good," Brandon says.

Brandon says he can't wait to get Wyatt to the other side of the wave, inside Kinnick Stadium. 

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