A Hot Dog Eating Challenge Leads Man to Drop 200 Pounds

By Drew Munhausen A few years ago at a Houston Astros game on Dollar Dog Night, a friend challenged Amer Ismail to eat 18 hot dogs in one sitting. Ismail, who weighed approximately 470 pounds at the time, accepted the challenge. “People took photos and made Facebook posts of me eating 18 hot dogs,” Ismail [Continue Reading]

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Donating a Kidney to Our Family’s Former Babysitter

By Mark Neville People can donate one of their kidneys? While they’re alive? Really?  Six months ago, I didn’t know even know this option existed.  It all started with a Facebook post about our kids’ former babysitter, Tasha.  The post said Tasha was in need of a kidney from a living donor.  More specifically, she [Continue Reading]

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Helping Students Live Their Dreams by Stopping Distractions Behind the Wheel

By Kelly Kilpatrick, School Counselor at Kingwood Park High School, Humble Independent School District Distracted driving is a dangerous issue we continue to battle in our schools and with our students. For years, drinking and driving was the main focus, but recently a new danger has emerged. The popularity of and dependence on cell phones [Continue Reading]

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Going Back to College with a New Heart

By Meredith Whittemore “Ma’am, do you know why I pulled you over?” It’s the question drivers worry will soon be followed by a traffic citation. But Shelby Rab’s driver had a unique reason for speeding that gained her leniency. “She told the officer, ‘We’ve got to get to Houston to get her a new heart!’ [Continue Reading]

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When Strep Throat Could Signal Something More Serious: Shelby’s Story

By Meredith Whittemore Strep throat. It was the diagnosis Shelby Boatwright received over and over. In fact, she was diagnosed with the illness eight times in the winter of 2017-18. It turned out to be the illness that helped her discover something much more serious: thyroid cancer. “I was tired of getting strep again and [Continue Reading]

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“Warrior Baby” Overcomes Onslaught of Health Challenges before Her First Birthday

By Evan Koch Peyton McNeel is a happy baby. She loves talking to elephants at the zoo, watching her family’s dog and cat, and listening to her dad, Andrew, play guitar. Behind Peyton’s glowing smile, dimpled chin and dark hazel eyes is a fighting spirit as innate as her affability. “Peyton is my miracle,” said [Continue Reading]

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