Kid Captain: Lincoln Veach

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Lincoln Veach and his family have been through the ringer the past two years. From the shock of a leukemia diagnosis to a life-threatening disease, the young boy spent 112 days at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

It all began around Lincoln’s fourth birthday, when he fell ill and became increasingly tired.

“He had been fairly normal and active up until that time,” his mother, Courtney, remembers.

He was diagnosed with an ear infection and was given an antibiotic, but his condition didn’t improve. Soon, his stomach became distended, as his spleen and liver enlarged. Lincoln’s pediatrician then ordered tests, including an X-ray of his abdomen. The tests indicated leukemia, and the family was referred to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Read Lincoln’s story here.