Stories of Hope

Parker Davis

My name is Shannon and My son's name is Parker. Parker was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the ages of 15 months. Parker requires insulin 3-4 times a day and it doesn't even faze him. Read More >

Spencer Barry

My son Spencer is 10 years old. Spencer was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and a list of other associated disorders at age 4. Read More >

The Bonbright Family

About four years ago, my daughter Samantha's best friend Sam was diagnosed with type1 diabetes. Upon hearing the devastating news, our family rushed to Sam¹s side for support. I do not know what I expected to see when I arrived at the hospital. Read More >

Alfredo and Maria Mendoza

I am writing on behalf of my parents Alfredo and Maria Mendoza. My father, Alfredo emigrated to the U.S. in the 1960's.  He came to the U.S. in hopes of a better life and future.  Read More >

Marion Isaac

In September of 1998 I found a lump in my left breast. Though small, the scope of my diagnosis was enormous for it was Breast Cancer that had spread to 46 lymph nodes. Read More >

Jim Wong

I am a cell biologist and I have Parkinson’s disease.  When I studied developmental biology in graduate school 30 years ago, I never dreamed that my life would literally become a case study of cell biology and biochemistry 20 years later. Read More >

Gabriel Bravo

In the Fall of 1999 I was beginning my Freshmen year of High School. I was ready to take on this new building block in life. A few weeks into the first semester I had noticed weird things starting to happen to me.  Read More >

Monica Laureen Johnson

I have had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since the age of 3. I am 34 years old now and have undergone 4 total joint replacements due to this disease. I have a fake ankle, two fake knees and a fake hip.  Read More >

Ginny Hansen

Jan 2001 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and went through chemotherapy and extensive radiation, following the recommendations of a study. One year later however, I relapsed and was not responding very well to chemotherapy as I had before.  Read More >

Elizabeth Vienneau

I am writing to you in support of Prop 71. I am a fine art photographer whose work has been shown in galleries, on television, and in books and magazines. I have also had diabetes since the age of seventeen.  Read More >

Cody Steele

Cody was diagnosed with a Brain Stem tumor in 2001 when he was ten years old. He received six weeks of radiation therapy, which eventually caused the tumor to shrink. He attends Junior high school and in many ways is a normal teenager.  Read More >

Andy Altman

Our son Andy was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just a year and 1/2 ago, when he was 13. Our family knows diabetes well: Andy's grandfather, uncle and a younger cousin are all juvenile diabetics. Unfortunately, the day to day reality of this disease is still devastating. Read More >

A Young Californian

Our son suffered a stroke at birth. Most people don't associate strokes with children but in fact 1 out of every 4,000 live births result in a stroke victim. Read More >

Sherri Cunial

My family and I have been hit with cancer multiple times. On April 2, 2003 I was diagnosed with leukemia and my only chance for a full and permanent remission was a stem cell transplant, which took place on July 23, 2003 and saved my life. Read More >

Sarah Stone

This is my daughter Amelia. She is a spunky 11 year old with a great sense of humor. She is a writer, an artist, and she loves animals, particularly snakes. She would like to be a reptile specialist at a zoo when she grows up. Read More >

Ken Bernstein

In May of 1955 my life was changed forever with the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. I was forced to become an adult long before I supposed to as I faced insulin shots, a low carbohydrate diet and the possibilities of some horrible complications like blindness, kidney disease, heart disease, amputations, loss of sexual function and even early death. Read More >

Fia Richmond

I am here to tell you our story š to talk about children who suffer from brain injuries or central nervous system abnormalities and to let you know that now, more than ever, we have a tremendous opportunity to give these children and their families a renewed chance at life. Read More >

James E. MacLaren

Jim MacLaren is an actor, motivational speaker, retired professional athlete and writer. His uncanny ability to articulate his life story with humor and compassion invites others to reach for the best in themselves.  Read More >

Scott Souza

At the time of my spinal cord injury I was a 26 year old Air Force officer stationed at Travis AFB.   I was four years out of college (US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO) and looking to start my master's degree soon.   Everything was perfect.  Read More >

Rayilyn Brown

Rayilyn Brown has been no stranger to strange medical anomalies and incurable diseases throughout her life..  When she was a graduate student t at UCLA she had two surgeries for abdominal arterio-venous fistulas...  Read More >

Roman Reed

In the world of incurable disease and disability, there are no statistics—only people. On September 10, 1994, Roman Reed was playing middle linebacker for Chabot College, Hayward, California... Read More >

Candace Coffee

It’s not everyday a doctor sits you down in a quiet, private room and informs you that you have an incurable, relapsing autoimmune disease that has the potential to paralyze from the waste down, cause total blindness and possible respiratory failure. Read More >

Fran Lopes

My name is Fran Lopes.   I am 52 years old and live in Escalon, California.   I attended kindergarten through high school in this small, sports orientated town of 6,000 in central California. Read More >
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