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She is living her life to the fullest, even though she can’t walk or talk. Twelve-year-old Breanna Leatherwood of Tuscaloosa is one of about 50 females in Alabama known to have Rett syndrome, a neuro- developmental disorder that affects a gene on the X chromosome and occurs almost exclusively in...
Sarah Shillcutt of Jacksonville was just 10 days old when she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that can cause mental retardation and seizures unless treated with a strict, low-protein medical diet. Now 13, she opts for a simple explanation when people ask about her unusual eating habits. “I...
Only one in 10 million babies are born with the rare disease that this Hounslow toddler battles with. His genetic liver condition means calcium crystals build up in Archie’s body and without a liver transplant the illness can be fatal. Archie’s life was saved by his mum, who donated a...
Preparations are taking place for a family fun day which will be held in Montrose later this summer. The Over the Rainbow event is being planned as a final fling outdoors for families on Sunday, September 6 and as a commemoration of Montrose’s “butterfly girl” Adana Forsyth. The day has...
After weeks of planning, the fund-raising walk for Bridger Gustafson will take place this Saturday, June 13, at Constitution Park in Lovell. The fun-for-the-family event will take place at 7 a.m. Bridger, the 5-year-old son of Blake and JanaLee Moncur Gustafson of Carrollton, Texas, and the grandson of Brent and...
After five of his seven siblings were diagnosed with Huntington’s disease (HD) in the past seven years, Robert Robinson and his wife, Laura, sprang to action. In an energetic quest, they became involved in the P.E.I. Chapter of Huntington Society of Canada and attended a national conference in Charlottetown last...
When Lisa Doo planned a yard sale last year to benefit research for Moyamoya disease, of which her son Justin is stricken, most folks in the Walpole area had never heard of the disease. Now, with another sale planned for Saturday, more residents are aware of Justin’s case, but Lisa...
When a doctor asks for your family medical history, he or she is not just being nosy – it can mean the difference between life and death. Just ask the Smith family of the Cotton Grove community. Tony Smith, 42, tested positive for colon cancer in February 2008. He had...
Tuberculosis should not be a death sentence in 2009. It wasn’t for me nearly 70 years ago after I contracted the disease in the Terezin concentration camp in what was then Czechoslovakia. But today, nearly 2 million people die from TB each year, an unconscionable number of lives lost to...
KUSA – Beauty is only skin deep. Everyone knows that. But our actions don’t always reflect that understanding. For a clear picture of what that means we turn to the story of a teenager, yes a teenager. Seventeen-year-old Kelley Sperry is surrounded by peers that many of us might view...