Brandon’s Song: One Man’s Journey to Sing Again

By Jade Waddy After suffering from a ruptured aorta, a major stroke and several acute strokes that took place while in surgery, Brandon Scott Ray’s life was forever altered. He lost his ability to walk, speak and sing, a talent he loved since he was a teenager. Once discharged from a local hospital, Scott spent [Continue Reading]

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The Healing Power of Art: BJ’s Story

By Shannon Dillon Carefree, full of life and surrounded by a lot of laughter and love. That’s the childhood BJ Smith, now 28 years old, remembers.  Growing up in the Acadiana region of south Louisiana, Smith worked part time with his grandfather at the family’s furniture business. “I’m a proud Cajun,” Smith said. At an [Continue Reading]

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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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How an Afternoon Preparing Lunch Turned Tragic

By Jade Waddy It was a normal weekend afternoon, when Solomon Benghan decided to prepare lunch for himself and his fiancée. He opted for beef crispitos, one of his favorite Mexican meals, which involves frying a wrapped tortilla filled with beef, cheese and condiments. “I poured oil in the pot, enough to submerge the crispitos, [Continue Reading]

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From Traumatic Brain Injury to College Graduation: Hayden’s Journey to Overcome

By Jade Waddy Dec. 13, 2018, will always be a special day for Hayden Nichols. It was a day he fought to see after his college career was put on hold five years earlier. Hayden, then a college freshman at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, tragically fell four stories from an apartment balcony [Continue Reading]

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“Back to Life”: Fighter Learns to Live Again

By Jade Waddy As a child, Abdulmajeed Ali dreamed of one day flying the F-15 fighter planes he saw on television. When he was admitted into the Royal Saudi Air Force, he was excited to start his training. Ali moved to San Antonio in 2013 where he started a special program in partnership with the [Continue Reading]

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