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Carla’s Lupus Story

Posted on 9/2/2016 by Carol Lee

Carla was diagnosed with lupus 17 years ago. She had 12 good years with minimal lupus problems. She told GiveForward about her journey with this chronic disease and how she stays strong. “I was diagnosed with Lupus immediately following the premature birth of my son at 11 weeks and 6 days early. Initially, I had... Read more

Charleigh’s Lyme Story

Posted on 8/31/2016 by Carol Lee

Charleigh was diagnosed with Lyme disease, Bartonella, and FL1953. She is only 14 years old. Her mom, Lori, shared with us Charleigh’s Lyme story.  “My daughter, Charleigh, has always been a beautiful intelligent girl with the talent and drive needed to make it to the big time. She wants to be a star. College in... Read more

Mark’s Heart Story

Posted on 8/30/2016 by Carol Lee

Mark Tanner was diagnosed with a rare heart disease called Amyloidosis in July 2015. He’s currently staying at Mass General Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit waiting for a heart transplant. We recently interviewed one of Mark’s kids, Lauren, who created her father’s GiveForward community fundraising page to hear about Mark’s Heart Story. “My dad... Read more

Christine’s Dreams Story

Posted on 8/26/2016 by Carol Lee

Christine Keuler was recently diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of uterine cancer. Her good friend, Amy Kamarainen, helped start a GiveForward community fundraising page for her after finding out so that Christine’s dreams of going to New York could be fulfilled. Amy wanted to be able to send Christine on a fun adventure to... Read more

Emily’s Leukemia Story (Part 2)

Posted on 8/23/2016 by Carol Lee

In Part 1 of Emily’s Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia story, we heard about what the journey has been like from her point of view. In Part 2, we hear from Emily’s older sister, Kristen, who organized Emily’s fundraising page. We asked Kristen to share with us about her background and relationship with Emily. “Emily is my... Read more

Kasey and Ryan’s Adoption Story

Posted on 8/11/2016 by Carol Lee

Kasey and Ryan are trying to adopt Anthony, a medically fragile 5 year old boy. Keep reading to learn about Kasey and Ryan’s adoption story and journey so far. GiveForward decided to interview them about why they decided to adopt. Kasey says that, “The thought of giving a child a loving home, which they may never... Read more

Jeremy Jr’s Story

Posted on 8/10/2016 by Carol Lee

Tanya Longhenry shared with us the story of her 6 year old son, Jeremy Jr, and how his vehicular accident has changed their lives forever. She told us, that it was on July 5th, 2016 just one day before Jeremy Jr’s 6th birthday when he was run over by a car in Cody, Wyoming while... Read more

Dave’s Severe Heart Attack Story

Posted on 7/29/2016 by Caroline Strachan

Dave is a caddie on the LPGA tour for the #8 player in the world, Amy Yang. Amy was preparing to travel to Rio for the Olympics to represent her home, South Korea, and Dave was to go with her to caddie for her. His heart attack occurred at a heartbreaking time, and Dave’s brother,... Read more

Kelsey and Tyler’s IVF Story

Posted on 7/20/2016 by Caroline Strachan

Kelsey and Tyler wanted a family, and they shared their story with us as they went through the IVF process. Kelsey shared their emotional and financial journey as they went through the process as well as the support they received during their IVF story. “My husband and I have been trying to have a baby... Read more

Zach & Elise’s Adoption Story

Posted on 7/15/2016 by Caroline Strachan

GiveForward can help with a variety of needs, and adoption is one of them. Zach, who is already a father to another child he and his wife lovingly adopted, shared with us their journey with adoption, how they decided on adoption, and advice for others who are considering it. Adoption is a big decision, so... Read more

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