2019 marks 11 seasons that the Iowa Hawkeyes have had a 'Kid Captain' for every football game. Each of the youngsters has received treatment at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital across the street from Kinnick. It's an unforgettable moment for every child that's recognized and a reminder to the rest of us just how tough kids are.

This Saturday before Iowa begins the season against Miami of Ohio, 14-year-old Aidan Kasper of Cedar Rapids will be introduced to the fans. Aidan was diagnosed with Pierre Robin sequence and also has a rare bone marrow disorder known as Diamond Blackfan anemia. Only a few hundred people in the U.S. have it. Aidan has had more than 200 blood transfusions and almost 40 surgeries. He's only 14. As you'll see in the video below, Aidan's health battles started the instant he was born.

Here are the other 12 kids from Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska that will be Kid Captains in 2019.

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