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Medicare open enrollment deadline is Monday

Medicare open enrollment deadline is Monday
Friday, December 4, 2015
Monday, Dec. 7 is the deadline for Alphas to select, update, or renew their Medicare plan to ensure that their personal healthcare needs are met and they are not over or under-insured for the coming year. Those who have not already assessed their needs since open enrollment began on Oct. 15 are advised to make sure that their current plan is best suited for their medical care as well as their...
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Alpha-1-To-One magazine Winter issue in your mail now

Alpha-1-To-One magazine Winter issue in your mail now
Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Winter 2015 issue of Alpha-1-To-One magazine is in the mail to some 27,000 people with free subscriptions and is now available online. Read the cover story, "A New Beginning: Frank Willersinn gets second chance at life and makes the most of it:" Frank Willersinn, MD, had an out-of-body experience. A deadly strain of streptococcus bacteria infected his left hand in 1996, and...
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Alpha completes 17-mile Virtual Walk

Alpha completes 17-mile Virtual Walk
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
To sign up for the 2016 Virtual Walk, click here. John Hayes walks a lot. Averaging seven miles daily, he works his way up to 10 miles at least one day a week. When he decided to do the Virtual Walk for Alpha-1, he wanted it to be even more special, and it was. Hayes took a solitary stroll from Pier Park to the Sellwood neighborhood in Portland, Oregon on November 4, covering more than 17...
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Despite challenges, Alpha Terry Nickerson determined to keep climbing

Despite challenges, Alpha Terry Nickerson determined to keep climbing
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Terry Nickerson likes to quote American pop singer Frankie Laine’s version of “You Gave Me a Mountain,” from 1969. The song ends: So this time, Lord, you gave me a mountain A mountain I may never climb And it isn’t a hill any longer You gave me a mountain this time   But Nickerson is determined to climb it.   He started facing hills at a very young...
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Recovering after lung transplant, Kansas Alpha-1 activist Julie Swanson feels ‘truly blessed’

Recovering after lung transplant, Kansas Alpha-1 activist Julie Swanson feels ‘truly blessed’
Friday, February 6, 2015
Julie Swanson got the call on Saturday morning in late January. The next day, Jan. 25, she received a double-lung transplant after what her mother, Peggy Paul, described as “18 long months” on the waiting list. Swanson, of Olathe, Kansas, well-known in the Alpha-1 community for her activism and support group leadership over more than 20 years, is healing at Barnes Jewish...
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‘Let It Breathe’ fundraiser in March celebrates memory of Alpha Michael Ratner

‘Let It Breathe’ fundraiser in March celebrates memory of Alpha Michael Ratner
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Ilysse and Josh Ratner were standing outside The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, waiting for the valet to bring their car around when a gust of wind hit their backs. "You feel this?" Josh asked his sister. "That’s dad finally breathing." On that spring morning April 18, 2005, a brother and sister lost their father, Michael Ratner of River Vale, NJ, to Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency,...
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Alpha Daryl Kunz draws strength from community, cycling

Alpha Daryl Kunz draws strength from community, cycling
Friday, December 19, 2014
What if your passion preserved your life? Would you think about it differently, even to the point of making it a priority? For Daryl Kunz, whose passion for 20 years has been cycling, these questions are more than rhetorical musings. Every year, Daryl covers thousands of miles and competes in ultra-distance races in which he’s won a handful of medals. For an amateur, though, it’s...
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Lucky 13: Alpha celebrates transplant anniversary in midst of Awareness Month

Lucky 13: Alpha celebrates transplant anniversary in midst of Awareness Month
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Deborah Labud was 36 years old, living in Virginia and working as a waitress when she began having trouble breathing. The shortness of breath hit when she stood up, tried to climb stairs or carried trays at work. “I got misdiagnosed with bronchitis a lot,” said Labud, now 59 and living in Gainesville. Labud, who has participated in the Transplant Games of America since...
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