Crossover at Kinnick Kid Captain: Krysty Bujakowska

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Krysty Bujakowska, a 12-year-old Coralville girl battling an aggressive bone cancer at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, will play a role in Crossover at Kinnick, a first-of-its-kind event.

A women’s basketball fan, Krysty will serve as honorary Kid Captain during the outdoor Iowa Women’s Basketball game Sunday, Oct. 15, at Kinnick Stadium.

The honor is fitting, says her oncologist, David Dickens, MD, FAAP.

Krysty was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer in her leg, when she was just 10 years old. After her initial round of treatment, Krysty has had multiple cancer recurrences, requiring multiple surgeries. This summer, the cancer became more aggressive.

“Despite all this, Krysty remains a positive and kind child who spreads joy wherever she goes,” Dickens says.

Her parents, Michal and Kate, say news of the Kid Captain honor lifted Krysty’s spirits.

“She’s very excited,” Kate says. “After all of this bad news, she got something really positive to stay with her forever and keep us going.”

Read Krysty’s story here.