people News

CINCINNATI — Shortly after Ryan Dempster and his wife, Jenny, welcomed daughter Riley into the world on April 1, they learned their daughter suffers from DiGeorge syndrome, a rare congenital disease that prevents her from swallowing and digesting food. Dempster has commuted to Childrens Memorial Hospital over the last seven...
Ryan Dempster, a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, recently opened up to the Chicago Tribune about his new-born daughter and her fight with DiGeorge Syndrome. In the interview, the professional baseball player admitted that the experience has “been rougher than anything I can imagine.” The syndrome is caused by a...
This weekend community members are uniting in the Gallatin Valley to raise awareness about a disease that currently has no cure. Researchers say cystic fibrosis is the most common genetic disease of children and young adults and over time weakens a person’s lungs and heart. Eight-year-old Carsten Manring of Three...
When America Alcantara of Austin quit ducking behind her mother and burying her face in her pudgy hands, she gleefully snapped photographs of the adults she had met an hour earlier in a medical office and spun in every empty chair on Monday. The energetic 7-year-old will slow down for...
Sitting in his favorite tiny red wooden chair, Teddy Christiansen peers out the window, smiling as he watches his older sister, Raelyn, play in the front yard. Before long, Teddy springs from the chair, itching to go outside himself. The bespectacled 33-month-old is everything he should be at his age:...
Dogs always have been known as man’s best friend, but when it comes to seizure-response dogs for those with epilepsy, these special canines become invaluable protectors. The Walker family in north suburban Grayslake — mom Candace and children Colin, 11, Carson, 9, and Cailean, 5 — know this all too...
POWAY — A Poway man afflicted with a life-threatening skin disease has passed a major obstacle on his way to an experimental stem-cell treatment. Mark Buenconsejo, 51, already has raised money with fundraisers and has successfully fought an insurance company that originally had refused to cover the expenses for a...
DURHAM, N.C. — Glen Jernigan will meet his bone marrow donor for the first time on June 20 at the Duke Adult Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program’s Patient Reunion. In 2005, Jernigan was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and recalls having more than a hundred blood transfusions before receiving...
Dystonia sounds more like an Eastern European country than a health disorder. And like so many other diseases, conditions and disorders, the average person has probably never heard of it. It is only when dystonia affects a friend or family member that people start to ask questions. What is dystonia?...