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His wings lifted him way above his depression

His wings lifted him way above his depression
Friday, March 16, 2012
If you saw the movie, The Bucket List, you probably enjoyed watching Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson trying to do as many outrageous and unthinkable things as they could before their time was up - but what if it was your life? What would be the first thing on your list? John Grammer saw the movie. And long before that, he’d made his bucket list. Grammer was a federal police...
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Go, Dad, Go!

Go, Dad, Go!
Friday, March 16, 2012
John Kelley tackles the grueling Ironman competition to raise money and awareness for Alpha-1, all for his sons and the Alpha-1 community he loves so much. He battled the Pacific seas, gusty winds, and the stifling heat of the lava fields. But he made it. “Common-man” John Kelley is feeling pretty good about his participation in the 2007 Ironman World Championship Oct. 13 in...
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John Taylor: No mountain’s too high now

John Taylor: No mountain’s too high now
Friday, March 16, 2012
On a sunny day in July, John Taylor hiked along the Continental Divide, reaching 12,005 feet, where the air is too thin for trees to grow. He looked at the mountainside, dotted with specs of color from hardy wildflowers. He took a deep breath, placed his open palms on his chest and with two wet cheeks, thanked Joe Templeton. Taylor breathes through the lungs of Templeton, who died at just...
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“One of the Originals” Retires from AlphaNet

“One of the Originals” Retires from AlphaNet
Friday, March 16, 2012
Joyce Finch has retired after more than a decade with AlphaNet, and although she does it with regret, she’s had more than her share of medical challenges in recent years. “It’s just time,” she says. One of the first AlphaNet patient services coordinators (“One of the originals,” says fellow coordinator Fred Walsh), Finch is the first to retire. Her...
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Juan Pino, 9/11 Survivor

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 weekday. “It was stupid living that far out and working downtown, but I never minded. I loved my job. I looked forward to getting up every...
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Moving Forward

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 cigarettes,” she says. Her mother was diagnosed with emphysema nearly 30 years ago and, eventually, diagnosed with Alpha-1. When Barden was 25, she was...
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I hope you dance: the story of Kaitlin’s wedding

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 came up with an idea: they and Kaitlin’s parents would make a $500 donation to the Alpha-1 Foundation instead. “We had always discussed what...
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Team Player

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 limit. “At first I brought my tank with me to the gym a bunch of times, and it just sat in my bag behind me,” says Erickson, who was diagnosed with...
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