Saving Sunlight: One Child’s Story of Survival

By Shannon Dillon Precious Cole has a message for every parent: what happened to her 3-year-old daughter, Sunlight, in the fall of 2018 can happen to any child. It started out as a quiet day at home. Cole was cleaning her house while Sunlight and her 5-year-old brother, Kemone, played in another room. After checking [Continue Reading]

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Carving Out a New Future After Heart Surgery

By Meredith Whittemore Woodworking is in Vinny Barone’s blood. Both his father and grandfather were carpenters, and from an early age, he learned how to transform a tree stump into a beautiful piece of art. “I started working with my father at 6 years old and over time my hobby has evolved into something artistic,” [Continue Reading]

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Quieting a Cardiac Storm: One Man’s Recovery After a Massive Heart Attack

By Meredith Whittemore Supercharged bolts of lightning carrying one billion joules of energy that light up the night sky, leaving behind an eerie silence, followed by a clap of thunder louder than a jackhammer. That’s one way to describe the power of a thunderstorm. That’s the battle Oscar Botello’s heart fought to win during a massive [Continue Reading]

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Young Dad Walks Again After Life-Changing Hip Surgery

A cancer survivor and young dad, Kyle Martin-McGowan defeated leukemia, but the very same treatments that saved his life took a tremendous toll on his body. “A trial drug gave me a series of heart attacks and then heart failure,” Martin-McGowan said. “And I developed a vascular necrosis from all the steroids I had to [Continue Reading]

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Learning to Breathe Again After Life-Threatening Complications from Asthma

By Meredith Whittemore Breathing is something most people do without thinking. Not Joseph Bolin. Bolin battled asthma for years but his breathing worsened significantly after he developed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable and potentially deadly lung disease that scars the lungs. “I was at a point where it was really impacting my quality of life. [Continue Reading]

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Heart to Heart: A Grandma’s Journey Back to Health to Care for Sick Grandson

By Meredith Whittemore  For the last year and a half, Pamela Dillard has been focused on one thing: taking care of her grandson, who was born with a serious heart defect. “When Foster was born, we knew he’d need several surgeries, but some of them would have to wait until he got a little [Continue Reading]

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