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Juan Pino, 9/11 Survivor

Friday, March 16, 2012
At 40, Juan Pino was a man who knew how to live: he got up at six every morning, summer and winter, and ran six miles before breakfast, he took a long train ride from his home in Yonkers into New York’s Grand Central Station every...
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Moving Forward

Friday, March 16, 2012
As a child, Barden had asthma, and her family’s smoking made it worse – by age 10, she had decided she would never smoke, “even though I couldn’t verbalize it as a child, I managed to refuse to buy my mother...
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I hope you dance: the story of Kaitlin’s wedding

Friday, March 16, 2012
Lace-wrapped potpourri, heart-shaped soap and picture frames are among the most popular wedding favors, but for their wedding, Kaitlin Boyd and Patrick Kelly of Long Island, NY, wanted keepsakes that would make a lasting impression. So they...
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Team Player

Friday, March 16, 2012
While it’s not unusual to work out with equipment at a gym, that equipment is rarely an oxygen tank: but for Karen Erickson, a biotech employee from Thousand Oaks, California, strapping on that tank lets her push herself to the...
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Katie: She won’t let Alpha-1 or Breast Cancer slow her down!

Friday, March 16, 2012
When Katie Schwalbe’s older sister was diagnosed with Alpha-1 in 1995, she blew off getting herself tested – just because her sister had some health condition, why should she have it, too? Schwalbe even started smoking again. But...
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Super Alpha

Friday, March 16, 2012
Can a skinny 17-year-old girl be a Super-Heroine in a book full of villains? If she has no special powers? In the graphic novel world? Where all the good guys are like Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman? If it’s Katherine Arnoldi, she not...
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Ken: The Story Behind the Alpha-1 Angel

Friday, March 16, 2012
It might surprise you that a guy like me loves to do cross-stitch - I’m not really into crafts, I’m actually more of a hunter, an athletic type of guy, but having Alpha-1 has brought about many changes in my life, and led me to...
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Len Geiger lives “beyond your wildest dreams”

Friday, March 16, 2012
Len Geiger’s lung function isn’t normal, it’s better – so good, it even amazes the doctors who gave him the donated lungs he lives with. Before his transplant at age 43, Geiger scored as low as 15% on the FEV-1, the...
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Hair today, gone tomorrow

Friday, March 16, 2012
When Vicki Cameron met friends and fellow AlphaNet coordinators Liz Veronda and Doug Turley, in St Louis at the 2008 national Alpha-1 Association education conference, she mentioned that she was going to grow her hair out for a year, then donate...
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The Cowboy Way

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Renowned Western artist Bill Reese made the decision to live life on his own terms — with Alpha-1. I loved growing up on a cattle ranch – I was born in South Dakota and raised on my dad’s ranch before we moved to Washington...
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Roadtrip encounter signals more know about Alpha-1

Friday, March 4, 2011
Pierre Villeneuve, a Florida resident, was diagnosed with Alpha-1 at the age of 39. Since then, Villeneuve and his wife Alex attend Alpha-1 support groups, conferences and education days, and do what they can to raise awareness about...
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COPD patients who socialize live longer; study finds loneliness is as harmful as alcoholism and smoking

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Medical News Today A new study suggests that social interaction should be considered an important factor for extending lifespan, on a par with other health and lifestyle factors. In fact, low social interaction harms longevity as much as...
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