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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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Katie: She won’t let Alpha-1 or Breast Cancer slow her down!

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 when she decided to apply for a welding job and failed the respiratory exam, she changed her mind about getting a test for Alpha-1. In 2003 she was...
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Super Alpha

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 only defies the odds and defeats her assailants, she does it while raising her baby with the only superpower she has – a mother’s...
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Ken: The Story Behind the Alpha-1 Angel

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 discover things – and accomplish things – I never dreamed I would. Why do I do this? Well, I started doing counted cross-stitch* when I was told...
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Len Geiger lives “beyond your wildest dreams”

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 most popular measure of lung function. Doctors who performed his double lung transplant only hoped he could reach the 80-100% average capacity that...
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Hair today, gone tomorrow

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 it to charity. “Liz and I had done this once before. We were talking about how good we felt about what we did,” Cameron said. “We...
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The Cowboy Way

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 State, on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains, and continued life as cattle ranchers. It’s a great way of life. In addition to cattle, we also...
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