My Life as a Transplant Recipient

By: Allison Sklarew Eleven years ago this month, a four-year-old girl was about to be wheeled into the hospital room for a transplant. Although she didn’t understand it yet, she was getting a life-saving surgery. She got a quick kiss on her cheek by her parents and entered the room. She fell under a deep… Read more »

Teen Conquers Epilepsy and is Training for the Olympics

At age 18, Trevor Barron of Bethel Park is considered one of the best young racewalkers in the world. He has won numerous U.S. national junior championships and is a strong candidate for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. However, he’s jumped a few hurdles to get to where he is today. In 2000, at… Read more »

Luke Ball: A New Heart

Luke Ball: A New Heart In January 2004, during a routine ultrasound, John and Stacie Ball learned their soon-to-be son, Luke, would be born with a complex congenital heart defect. With limited treatment options available, this unexpected news sent the family on an emotional roller coaster in understanding the challenges that lay ahead. Although surgical… Read more »

Breathing Easy

Breathing Easy It was in the final game of the 2010 Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley Baseball season last October when 9-year-old Luke Maeding, playing for the Pirates, achieved a milestone that would have been impossible a year earlier. He ran to first base. Less than two months before, Luke, who lives in Nazareth, Pa.,… Read more »

Ryan Battles Ulcerative Colitis

At only 5 years old, Ryan Anderson began experiencing abdominal pain and discomfort. His mother, Tara noticed he was constantly going to the bathroom. While not uncommon for a child Ryan’s age, Tara became increasingly concerned when large amounts of blood began appearing in his stool. Tara took Ryan directly to the family’s pediatrician, where… Read more »