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Voice of Hope | 4.19.16

Touched By Transplant: When I Met My Heart Donor’s Family

John “Skeeter” Coleman received a heart transplant in February 2016. Here’s what happened when he sought out the family of the man who donated his heart. As soon as I was well enough after my heart transplant, I went to visit my donor’s family. It was the biggest emotional rush I have ever had in […]

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Voice of Hope | 3.10.16

Overcoming Barriers With Cerebral Palsy

Hi! I’m Chris Klein and this is my story. My life didn’t start out like my family expected. My umbilical cord was coming out before me, so the doctors had to perform an emergency C-section in order to save my life. I was without oxygen for 45 minutes and was given CPR for another 40 […]

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Voice of Hope | 3.3.16

Voices of Hope: Living With LAM

I once wondered if I would make it to age 30; I’m 38 now. I am Nicole Seefeldt, and I have been living with the chronic lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis – more commonly known as LAM – for more than 10 years. My Story In 2010, I began having a yearly talk with my doctor about […]

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Voice of Hope | 2.26.16

Voices of Hope: Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an opportunity to delve into the unique challenges and triumphs experienced by African-Americans. Here are two client perspectives on coping with discrimination, holding onto hope and serving as a self-advocate for your health. David A. Jeffers David (above, with his wife Yasmine and sons) became paralyzed while at the beach […]

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Voice of Hope | 2.23.16

Life On The Heart Transplant Waiting List

Patrick McEntee was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 1996. By 2008, he had experienced two strokes and a non-obstructive heart attack. He received an LVAD in 2014 and began fundraising with HelpHOPELive six months after being listed for transplant. In honor of Heart Month, here are Patrick’s observations after a year and a half on the […]

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Voice of Hope | 2.16.16

Voices Of Hope: I Donated A Kidney To My Best Friend

Author and professional rock musician James Michael McLester was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease in his early thirties. He endured 13 years of regular hemodialysis before his best friend, Laura Suarez McCutcheon, offered to donate one of her kidneys to James to save his life. On December 9, James received the gift of life from […]

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Voice of Hope | 2.10.16

Voices Of Hope: We Stayed Together After A Catastrophic Injury

Katie started dating Richard Travia when they were freshmen at Villanova University. Two years after graduation, Richard became paralyzed from the chest down after a diving accident at the beach. Katie and Richard stayed together after the injury and, today, they are happily married with two young children. Did the injury impact your relationship? Katie: […]

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Voice of Hope | 2.2.16

Mending A Broken Heart: Love And Transplantation

Rick Brittell was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2011. In April 2014, Rick and his wife, Susie, moved from their home in Boise, Idaho to a trailer in Salt Lake City, Utah for 2 ½ months so that Rick could receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as a bridge to a heart transplant—his […]

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The 15 Best Medical Fundraising Tips Of 2015

Feel like you’re in a fundraising slump? Here are 15 tips from our fundraising experts that will help you start 2016 on the right foot. Find additional fundraising tips from HelpHOPELive on Facebook and on Twitter every #TipTuesday! 1. Add a picture when you share your HelpHOPELive Campaign Page on social media! On Facebook, posts […]

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Voice of Hope | 11.27.15

What It’s Like To Take Your Mother To College With You

As a college freshman, Kate Strickland was struck by a car while riding her bike. The accident left her paralyzed from the chest down and unable to use her hands or wrists. Unable to find a caregiver to fit Kate’s needs, her mother, Jenie, stepped up to fulfill the role, living with Kate in her […]

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