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“The sight of 75,000 people—all of them—looking up and waving at children who are battling illnesses genuinely moved me. It’s so simple but so undeniably warm and kind, and so human. Well done, Hawkeyes, well done.”
– ESPN sportscaster Scott Van Pelt talking about fans in Kinnick Stadium who waved to patients and families in University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The gesture occurs after the first quarter of each Hawkeye home game.

“It’s orders of magnitude greater than the dose in a multivitamin, about 800 to a thousandfold.”
Bryan Allen (08MD, 08PhD, 13R), UI assistant professor of radiation oncology, quoted in Time magazine on findings that high doses of intravenous vitamin C during treatment may weaken cancer cells and make them more vulnerable to the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

“After just nine months I got on my bike and I biked around the block for the first time.”
Terry Wahls (82MD, 86R), UI professor of internal medicine, commenting on Good Morning America about the effects of a food plan she created to deal with multiple sclerosis. She is one of six people profiled in a book, The Other Side of Impossible, about people who defied conventional medicine to take on daunting conditions.

“A lot of the kids like the cartoon characters, superheroes. Superheroes are a popular one that makes them feel powerful during radiation treatments.”
Weiren Liu, UI Carver College of Medicine student, on KWWL-TV talking about the masks he decorates for children to wear when undergoing radiation treatments for cancer. Liu has created more than 30 unique masks for pediatric cancer patients.