Skylar Hardee, portrait
Age: 
8
Hometown: 
Hubbard, Iowa
Game: 
Iowa vs. Wisconsin, 11/9/19

During their 16-week ultrasound, Skylar’s parents were given a 1% chance of their baby surviving. Doctors found no amniotic fluid protecting Skylar in his mother’s uterus. His parents sought help at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Skylar was born prematurely at 32 weeks gestation and was diagnosed with VACTERL association, a congenital syndrome that results in abnormalities in various parts of the body.

Skylar spent his first 98 days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Since then, he has battled multiple infections and surgeries. Today, nothing slows him down, and he’s able to play all sports with the help of a kidney brace.

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