Inspiring Stories

Ben Range at his graduation from Duquesne UniversityBenjamin Range, 25, always knew he was good at history and science. He just didn’t know why until he met with the specialists at Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Development and Learning.

From the ages of...

By: Allison Eatough and Kristina Rolfes

A graduate contemplates his futureWhen Damian Jackson was younger, his mother, Carla Dixon, worried about what life would be like for her son after he left the safe environment of Kennedy...

Pfeiffer WhiteleyAt 4 years old, Victoria “Pfeiffer” Whiteley is funny, precocious, very charming, and wise beyond her years. She loves dresses with flowers, Barbies, and all things girly. She is also partially paralyzed, a result of transverse myelitis.

When...

Mohammed KarimFour years ago, Abdul Karim heard an explosion just outside his house in Yemen. When he opened his door, his ten-year-old son, Mohammed, was standing in the doorway, covered in blood. Mohammed had spent that morning playing outside near his village. As the sun cast its light over the...

Bob Nobles III is a student at Kennedy Krieger School Programs: Greenspring Campus. He has a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome.

Bob Nobles in his Young Marines uniformI started attending Kennedy Krieger in fifth grade. I’m now a junior in...

Matthew Lemon

After early intervention helped her son Matthew, Marlo Lemon teamed up with Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Autism for minority outreach.

When Marlo Lemon’s son Matthew wasn’t talking by 14 months, well-meaning friends and family told her not to worry—after all, Matthew and his twin brother had been born prematurely, so they were bound to take longer to reach...

John Manison is an 18-year-old freshman at Ashland University in Ohio. He is dedicated to his rehabilitation at Kennedy Krieger’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury and focused on achieving therapy goals en route to living his life without a wheelchair.

In November 2009 I...

When Chris and Crystal Ditch delivered their baby boy, Mason, they burst into tears of joy. It had taken them four years to get pregnant, and they finally held the baby they had awaited for so long. But two hours before Crystal and Mason were scheduled to be discharged, doctors told them that Mason had tumors in his tiny heart. A...

In an instant, the Slattery family was shattered.

Susan Slattery and her two sons, Matthew and Peter, were on their way home from visiting family in Ohio on a sunny August day in 2010 when tragedy struck. A truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, barreling into Susan Slattery’s car and pushing it under a tractor trailer, killing her and critically injuring 12-year-old Matthew and 16-year-old Peter. Peter fractured his pelvis and eye socket, while Matthew suffered a...

Tell a kid to do three repetitions of 15 pushups or 25 leg lifts or any of the other myriad exercises that physical therapists assign during a regular session, and the automatic response might be a roll of the eyes and a groan before relenting—only to tucker out and lose focus or motivation before it’s over. But hand...