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Betting on a Cure

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
By Rob Williams Part of being an Alpha has to do with information and determination – you do what you can to learn about the state of the cure and about treatment options, you do your own research and then you determine what you can live...
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Roger and what’s “just out of reach”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
What would you like to be able to do, that you can’t quite do now? What’s just out of your reach? If it’s something that requires breathing a little better, or being slightly stronger than you are right now, Roger Bray has some...
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Pilot back in the skies after losing license due to Alpha-1

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Steve Wolbrink loves to fly in fact, he loves it enough to fight for the right to do it. His passion and determination to remain “in flight” is what got his license back after the FAA took it when he failed his physical exam due to...
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Every Breath

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A poem for Nancy Danley 2/14/09 I close my eyes, lowering my head to take a bow in prayer A smile appears across my face, because I know you’re there. So many times through any day, I could easily slip into fear,  Instead I pause,...
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Hostess with the Mostest

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
If you know anything about Liz Veronda, you know she throws a great party – like, for instance, there was that retro- ’70s birthday bash she put together for her husband a few years back, complete with a mirror ball, sand art, Farrah...
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“Life: A Breath Away”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Helen “Cathy” Gould was diagnosed with Alpha-1 in 1999 after her health declined so rapidly that she was forced to retire.  As she began weekly IV injections, Gould decided to become an Alpha-1 Support Group leader, hoping to...
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Feathers by the Million

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The poet Emily Dickinson called hope “the thing with feathers that perches on the soul,” and Leopoldo Fernández Pujals and his wife, Marilina, know all about “the thing” with feathers. Their son Andres was diagnosed...
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The Day that Alpha 1

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A poem written by Lila M Thomason, in memory of her brother, Leon. When they made my brother Leon, they threw away the mold Too short a life he lived Too short our story told About an eight year race That ended at 42 years old.  He...
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Singing lifts Margery’s spirits

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Margery Eriksson of Berkeley, California won’t let Alpha-1 lung disease stop her from doing what she loves most – singing. The retired elementary school teacher has been singing for the past 21 years with the Oakland Symphony Chorus....
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Live life to the fullest: Advice from Mary, who does it every day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Mary Pierce is the definition of an athlete: she’s a kayaker and a bicyclist, she lifts weights regularly, she rides her motorcycle and she works full time. And yes, in her spare time, she’s learning to fly a powered paraglider. For...
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Former Baywatch star, mother, fashion designer and Alpha

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Melissa Biggs looks like a model – tall, blonde and athletic – or, at least looking at her, you might think she’s somebody you saw in a movie or on television. In fact, she’s all of those things. She plays in a tennis...
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The life of Vicki Joseph remembered: Memorial booklets are still available celebrating her life "in her own words"

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
  Victoria “Vicki” Joseph’s budding career as a playwright and novelist was cut short when she died of chronic rejection of her transplanted lungs on Aug. 2, 2009. Joseph had been a librarian, a criminal defense attorney...
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