Shell Rock, IA – A northeast Iowa boy who has struggled with medical issues since he was born will serve as the Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Pinstripe Bowl next week.
10-year-old Hunter Fasse of Shell Rock will be traveling to New York City next Wednesday to help the Hawkeyes pregame. Hunter was born in February of 2007 with cleft lip and palate-malformations in his lip and the roof of his mouth.
His first surgery came in July of 2007 and he has had multiple surgeries since then. Hunter has received treatments at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. He has undergone speech therapy and will start orthodontia treatment soon.
For one day next week, none of that will matter. Hunter will get to dawn the black and gold jersey before the Hawkeyes take on Boston College at Iowa’s bowl game.
The Kid Captain program is in its ninth season and it honors children who have fought illness and allows for their story to be told.