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(Altoona, IA)  --  Carson King's viral fundraiser is over, but he's using his newfound fame to urge people to continue donating to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.  Almost three-million-dollars was raised in the last two weeks and it started when King went to ESPN's College GameDay broadcast in Ames and held up a sign asking for beer money to be sent to his Venmo account.  The fundraising effort ended late Monday night, but King tweeted yesterday that people can still donate.  They can visit Give To Iowa dot org.

ATKINSON, Neb. (AP) — A boy with brain cancer who scored a touchdown at a Nebraska practice game is playing football for real.

Thirteen-year-old Jack Hoffman took the field Monday to play center for his junior high team in Atkinson, located 179 miles (288 kilometers) northwest of Omaha.

Hoffman underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in 2011. In 2013, he drew national attention when he ran for a player-assisted, 69-yard touchdown in the Huskers' spring game.

(Council Bluffs, IA)  --  A Council Bluffs boy with brain cancer is getting a special message from one of his heroes.  The Omaha World-Herald reports Iron man star Robert Downey Junior recently sent a video to seven-year-old Jackson Tijerina encouraging him to stay strong during his fight against cancer.  Meeting the real Iron Man was the last item on a bucket list for Jackson created by his parents.  Jackson and his sister sent a response video to Downey Junior thanking him for the encouragement.