Will was born on November 12, 2010 in Iowa City to Christopher and Meghan (O’Daniel) Kohn. Will was currently a first grade student at Riverdale Heights Elementary School.
Will was diagnosed before birth with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and faced many challenges and surgeries over his short life. He was the first patient at the new Stead Family Children’s Hospital on February 25, 2017, received the gift of a new heart on September 14, 2017, but unfortunately lost his battle on January 27, 2018. He was part of the first year “Wave” at Kinnick Stadium at Iowa football games. Through all of the challenges though, Will remained a resilient young boy who loved playing with construction toys, Legos, Xbox, and exploring the world through his Ipad. When back home he enjoyed riding his gator in the backyard, playing in the dirt, swimming, and watching PV football games where his dad coached. Parades were favorite events, especially dancing to the Pleasant Valley Fight Song. Will loved trips to the Niabi Zoo. The new meerkat exhibit quickly became his favorite. Time spent with his cousins was very special to Will. He loved when his only babysitters, Oma and Nana, read to him. Will dreamed of visiting Legoland and going to a beach someday.
The Will Kohn Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating PVHS student pursuing a career goal in the health care field with a preference for those interested in pediatric health care. The student may attend a 2 year or 4 year degree program.
This scholarship is a part of the Pleasant Valley Schools Educational Foundation.
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