By Laura Willis, The Daily Iowan
As a child, Courtney Hageman became used to her father’s monthly work trips.
During her freshman year of high school, the eye specialist took Courtney with him to Europe. While her father gave lectures about macular degeneration, a disease that causes blindness, the then 14-year-old explored tiny Italian villages near the Mediterranean Sea.
In Italy, Hageman enjoyed listening to the sounds of an unfamiliar language and tasting exotic foods.