Sonia Olea could not move her right arm after surviving a stroke at age 32. Her right leg was also weak, and it was nearly impossible for her to speak, making even the simplest tasks difficult. The realization that her life would never be the same was devastating, and some days she even wished she was..
Dan Desmond was on a hike one day when he had to stop and return home—his legs were no longer working properly. His physical condition had been degrading for some time, but he had no idea that he would be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS. The disease continues to progress,..
Sarah DeGraves was only 22 when she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. After undergoing chemotherapy, she was in remission for 10 months, but the leukemia returned. At that point, it was determined that more intense chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant was required. Genetic testing revealed that her brother was a match, and..
Years after overcoming an anemia condition when he was a child, Max Harris was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia—a cancer of the bone marrow and blood. His doctors recommended an aggressive treatment plan of induction chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow transplants take stem cells from the bone marrow or blood of..
Thanks to the generosity of a stranger, Ron Wilson has a chance at beating his chronic lymphocytic leukemia and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, two serious forms of cancer that affect the blood, bone marrow, and immune system. After the initial diagnoses, Ron underwent multiple intense rounds of chemotherapy to keep the disease in check. Ten years into..
Only four months into their pregnancy, Mary and Tony Goulart found out that their child’s heart had not developed properly. The left side of the heart was severely underdeveloped, and the fetus suffered from several other heart defects. Their doctor told them that their baby was unlikely to survive, but the couple chose to do..
Fred Lesikar was playing with his granddaughter when he suddenly felt an intense pain radiating through his chest, back, and arms. By the time he got to the hospital, his heart had already sustained permanent damage. Simple physical tasks like walking around the block became incredibly difficult. Months after the heart attack, Fred enrolled in..