September 2019: Carrying the Message to Others
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Imagine losing your father to an incurable genetic disorder when you are just a child and then finding out that you carry the same genetic condition that could be passed on to your kids, and effect your life, too. Listen to how Taylor, now a young woman, has turned her personal adversity into advocacy for research for a cure and inspiration to others to never give up.

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August 2019: Changing the Course for a Positive Impact
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Adverse experiences in a child's younger years often have negative impact on that child's future, but with proper help, there is hope.

Listen to Dan Hoover share the story of Da'quan who realized that with support and assistance from his foster family and caring therapy from his therapists at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute, he could have a bright future, despite his early traumatic experiences.

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July 2019: Creating a Family Through Foster Care
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17 years after Miss Debbie, a foster parent, took a chance on a 10 year old boy who had been to 11 different foster placements, that same young man is now a father and husband himself, and helps other potential foster parents understand boys like he once was.

Paul Brylske from the Therapeutic Foster Care program at Kennedy Krieger Institute shares this inspiring story about the power of believing in the possibility in each child.

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June 2019: Conquering Pain
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“We got our Jackie back!”  That was the sentiment of Jackie’s parents after their daughter had been treated for chronic pain at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Clinic. With an interdisciplinary team approach to treatment, Jackie learned how to manage her pain and to get back to the things she loves.

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May 2019: Adaptive Sports Makes a Positive Impact on Samantha
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Gerry Herman, co-director of the Bennett Institute for Physically Challenged Sports Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute, shares how Samantha went from being a shy six-year-old when she first started in the program, to a confident, 17-year-old accomplished athlete who is going to college on a scholarship to play wheelchair basketball.

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April 2019: Brilliant at Chess, Champion at Life
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Yuva is a nationally-ranked chess player, an excellent student and a scientific researcher who also has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Hear how he inspires Dr. Kathryn Wagner, his physician at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Center for Genetic Muscle Disorders, with his remarkable tenacity, fortitude and drive, and by the contributions he's making to research for new treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Yuva is a nationally-ranked chess player, an excellent student and a scientific researcher who also has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is seen at Kennedy Krieger Institute

March 2019: Once the Patient, Now the Teacher
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Dr. Beth Slomine shares a story about Amy Dykes (pictured), a former patient who had a large tumor removed from her brain when she was 18. Now fully recovered, Amy applies the lessons she learned as a patient to teaching students with learning differences at Kennedy Krieger's Fairmount school.

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February 2019: Rare mitochondrial disease doesn't stop determined mother of three
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Kennedy Krieger Institute's mitochondrial disease specialist, Dr. Hilary Vernon, introduces us to a patient who benefited from Dr. Vernon's expertise and pursuit of an accurate diagnosis. In addition to identifying a diagnosis, Dr. Vernon continues to support this young mother of three with metabolic-enhancing supplements and a specially-tailored care plan. Her patient inspires her because rather than focus on her health limitations, she is making the most of every minute of every day.

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January 2019: Rare Determination
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Dr. Jackie Harris, MD, a pediatric neurologist with Kennedy Krieger Institute shares how mother and daughter came to the Institute to find answers to Kristin's mysterious illness. Diagnosed with the rare, genetic disease Kabuki Syndrome, Kristin has gone on to success in college and life despite her learning challenges, and inspires others to defy limits.

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December 2018: Bringing the World Together for a Cure
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Leslie Marsiglia from Kennedy Krieger's philanthropy group shares how the McGinns from the D.C. area, and the Fergusons from New Zealand, have partnered to raise money to help Kennedy Krieger Institute find a cure for LBSL, the potentially fatal genetic disorder that both Ellie and Marco are battling. 

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November 2018: Decorating for a Cause
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Michele Mueller, Director of Special Events for Kennedy Krieger, tells us about the Kemp sisters, a close-knit, generous family who meets every year at the Institute's annual Thanksgiving weekend fundraising event, Festival of Trees, to design and decorate a tree together. The proceeds from the sale of their fabulous trees, and other items, go to help the children and families Kennedy Krieger serves.

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October 2018: Making the Leap from School to Work
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Aaron Parsons, vice president for Kennedy Krieger School Programs, shares his pride and excitement about Lauryn, a young woman who has successfully made the transition from special education student to committed, hard-working intern through a special program called Project SEARCH that trains young people with special needs to enter the workforce

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September 2018: Determination & Defying the Odds!
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Dr. Erin Michael, with Kennedy Krieger's International Center for Spinal Cord Injuries recounts her experiences with Jerry, an inspiring patient who defies the odds by competing as part of Team Kennedy Krieger in the 26.2 mile, handcycling marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival. Go Jerry!

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August 2018: Opening Up the World!
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Dr. Jen Reesman from the Kennedy Krieger Deafness Evaluation and More clinic shares a story about Dr. Danielle Previ, a Kennedy Krieger trainee, PhD and graduate of Gallaudet University who is deaf and inspires patients who are also deaf or hard of hearing, and their families, by being a living example of all that can be accomplished.

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July 2018: An Injured Boy's Best Friend
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Sherry Fisher, a Kennedy Krieger Institute child life and therapeutic recreation special programs staff member, shares a special memory of how the affection and attention of a therapy dog made a long hospital stay better for a native American boy far from home, and his family. 

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June 2018: Children are the Best Teachers!
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Sharon Holloway-Gentemann from Kennedy Krieger's PACT Therapeutic Day Care Center tells how an apprehensive new staff member learned a valuable life lesson from a little boy who refused to be limited by his disability. 

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May 2018: Celebrating Nurses
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We’re honoring Nurses Week with one of thousands of stories about our patients and their families as told by nurse Lisa Trotta, who coordinates care for children with brain, spinal cord and other serious neurological injuries. 

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April 2018: A Child's Hope Realized
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April is Autism Awareness Month, where we honor and recognize the millions of children, families and individuals around the world who are impacted by autism.

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March 2018: Ben's Basketball Dreams
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Dr. Stacy Suskauer from Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Brain Injury Recovery shares a story about Ben, a boy whose life changed in an instant at the age of 10 when a car struck the bike he was riding.

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February 2018: Turning Adversity into Advocacy
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Dr. Ali Fatemi, Director of Kennedy Krieger’s Division of Neurogenetics, shares how Gregg, diagnosed with a rare, currently incurable, neurogenetic disroder, is educating physicians about rare disorders like his and encouraging families to seek diagnoses from experts, like those at Kennedy Krieger.

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January 2018: Teaching the Teachers
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Lisa Carey, a special education consultant with Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education, tells about a teacher from Baltimore City Schools who inspired her.

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December 2017: Doesn't Everyone Eat?
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Having a child with a feeding disorder can be especially difficult during the holidays. Dr. Peter Girolami from Kennedy Krieger’s feeding disorders program tells about one mom’s worries about how to help her daughter overcome her feeding challenges.

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November 2017: The Kindness of Strangers
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Dr. Joan Carney, head of Kennedy Krieger’s specialized transition program shares a poignant story of compassion and gratitude from one wounded family to another.

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October 2017: With the Odds Against Her, Morgan Danced
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Dr. Mary Leppert from Kennedy Krieger’s Infant Neurodevelopmental Center describes how Morgan, born premature at only 26 weeks gestation, overcomes the challenges of ADHD and cerebral palsy and goes on to thrive in academics, dancing and life.

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September 2017: Overcoming Fear
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Physical therapist Beth Farrell tells a story of her first experience working with a teenager who had a recent spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed. 

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August 2017: Autism is No Match for Jake
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Kelly Anastaci, a special educator at Kennedy Krieger’s Montgomery County School, tells Dr. Lana Warren about a student who refuses to be limited by his diagnosis with autism spectrum disorder and how he is helping others understand those with autism better. 

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July 2017: Overcoming Trauma
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Kennedy Krieger pediatric trauma therapist Emily Driscoll-Roe shares an inspiring story about a young girl whom she helped overcome the effects of bullying and trauma, and how the girl's resilience 

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