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Young girl with brain cancer is kid captain at Iowa vs. Northwestern game

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A 3-year-old girl from Hamilton, Ill. is going to be the Kid Captain this weekend for the Iowa versus Northwestern game. 

Hayden Wheatley is the daughter of Nicole and Eric Wheatley.

Hayden was 19 months old when she started having balance issues and vomiting. Her parents took their daughter to a local emergency department, where a CT scan revealed fluid on her brain.

Hayden was then taken to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Eventually, Hayden’s parents learned the mass on her brain stem was a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Her treatment included four rounds of chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation. Due to the trauma her body endured, including a stroke, Hayden undergoes regular physical, occupational, speech, and developmental therapies. 

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