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 »

Mapping the Brain

Mapping the Brain A 10:30 p.m. phone call in March 2008 shattered the peace of the Bowser family’s home in Butler, Pa. Shannon Bowser, 15 – a healthy teenager who loved playing volleyball and softball – had gone with some friends to a concert in New Castle. Now one of the friends was calling to… Read more »

Nick Overcomes Leukemia

Last winter, Nick Heisler had terribly swollen lymph nodes and tonsils. Captain of his Bethel Park High School wrestling team, Nick was constantly tired. Although he was nearly undefeated in his division, he couldn’t seem to shake the feeling that something was wrong. When his symptoms worsened, Nick went to his family pediatrician where he was… Read more »