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Aug. 10, 2006

Kernels To Honor UI Patient At Aug. 11 Game

During their game on Friday, Aug. 11, players, staff and fans of the Cedar Rapids Kernels will honor a young boy from Cedar Rapids who has overcome numerous life-threatening health challenges, and honor the health care professionals at Children's Hospital of Iowa who cared for him.

The Kernels will feature the amazing story of Reid Shadle, 8, during their "Homerun for Life" event. Kernels staff members will introduce Reid to fans at Friday's game at Veterans' Memorial Stadium. He will then circle the bases to celebrate his remarkable story of survival.

Shadle's first challenge occurred when an ultrasound examination during the 28th week of pregnancy identified complications with the left ventricle in his heart. Specialists at Children's Hospital of Iowa in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City told his parents, Vicki and Craig Shadle, that the prognosis was not good.

Amazingly, Shadle was born at UI Hospitals and Clinics on Aug. 14, 1997, and rushed to the Children's Hospital of Iowa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the state's most advanced facility that cares for severely ill newborns. Shadle continued to beat the odds and went on to receive four surgeries to repair his heart, despite repeated close calls.

Today, Shadle continues to overcome challenges with his speaking, physical and cognitive abilities. His mother calls him a happy boy who tries to do everything that any other boy his age does. This fall, he will be in third grade at Bowman Woods Elementary in Cedar Rapids.

Children's Hospital of Iowa is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 140,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa and its statewide network of outreach clinics each year.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,

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