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Coralville boy is honorary Kid Captain for Hawkeye homecoming game

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9-year-old Maddox Smith will be the Kid Captain this weekend when the Hawkeyes take on Illinois on October 7th. 

When Maddox was 5-years-old, his parents noticed that he had what looked like "birth marks. "

A family doctor eventually told them he had what was called "cafe au lait" spots. The spots were an indicator of a rare genetic disorder known as neurofibromatosis; it causes tumors to grow on nerve cells throughout the body.

When he was 8, Maddox started experiencing frequent severe headaches. An MRI revealed a golf ball-sized cavernoma, which is a life-threatening brain tumor. The tumor caused his brain to bleed and swell. Maddox underwent surgery and is doing well now. 

He can no longer play football, but he's an official assistant coach for his brother’s team. 

Maddox Smith is the son of Jennifer and Mike Smith of Coralville, Iowa. 

Now in its ninth year, the Kid Captain program 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

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