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Allergies or something else? Alpha Jean McCathern found she didn’t have asthma after 24 years of misdiagnosis

Allergies or something else? Alpha Jean McCathern found she didn’t have asthma after 24 years of misdiagnosis
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
To Jean McCathern, it seemed that the barrage of allergies — to pollen, mold, dust mites and cats — arose out of nowhere. In 1980 McCathern, then a 24-year-old Air Force staff sergeant assigned to the National Emergency Airborne Command Post at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, began gasping for breath as she carried equipment onto an aircraft. Although McCathern had been in...
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Young Alpha receives unexpected present for Christmas

Young Alpha receives unexpected present for Christmas
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
When Nathan Shelton was six years old, his mother Lora knew something was wrong with his health, because while most people didn’t notice, it was becoming more and more difficult for Nathan to keep up with his soccer team. He was constantly feeling tired. His mother took him to the doctor. Liver function tests showed Nathan had abnormally high liver enyme levels. Immediately referred to a...
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Texas hold 'em, euchre tournament proceeds go to Alpha-1 Foundation research programs

Friday, March 30, 2012
CLARKSTON, Minn — The American Legion of Clarkston will sponsor a Texas hold ‘em and euchre tournament for Alpha-1 research on Saturday, Nov. 12. All of the proceeds will go to the Alpha-1 Foundation for its research programs. Those wishing to participate in either game will be asked for a $20 donation at the door. Doors will open at 3 p.m.; the games will begin at 4 p.m. and last...
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Hundreds in Denver Get the Scoop on Alpha-1 and enjoy one of food writer’s favorite ice creams

Hundreds in Denver Get the Scoop on Alpha-1 and enjoy one of food writer’s favorite ice creams
Friday, March 30, 2012
DENVER — Hundreds of people enjoyed ice cream at Bonnie Brae Ice Cream the last week in May when Alpha Judy Simon, Colorado Alpha-1 support groups and many others celebrated “Get the Scoop on Alpha-1”. It was the sixth year for the annual Alpha-1 awareness event that is also a fundraiser for the Alpha-1 Foundation’s research programs. Simon and Bob Pailet, co-owners of...
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Join us for the 3rd annual Paul Healy Memorial Golf Tournament

Join us for the 3rd annual Paul Healy Memorial Golf Tournament
Friday, March 30, 2012
Enjoy a day of golfing with family and friends and help fund research for an Alpha-1 cure on August 8. Each year, Bob Healy puts together a golf tournament in memory of his brother, Paul Healy, who passed away from lung related Alpha-1. Paul loved to play golf. In fact, Bob jokes that the only reason Paul got his lung transplant was so that he could play another round of golf. So what...
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Former Baywatch star, mother, fashion designer and Alpha

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 league two or three times a week, runs her own business, cares for her daughter Macy, 12, and is “always, always busy.” She’s not,...
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Michelle’s photos tell all — Alpha-1 doesn’t get in her way!

Michelle’s photos tell all — Alpha-1 doesn’t get in her way!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Birds, reptiles and insects can be tough to photograph – great skill and patience is needed to capture their movements in nature, and you have to be pretty mobile to get close-up and aerial shots, right? Not if you’re Michelle Wisniewski. Wisniewski has been taking photos most of her adult life. For years now, they’ve all been taken from a motorized scooter....
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Joe is Not My Son

Joe is Not My Son
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Meet Joe, a brash, intelligent — and fictional — teen who is the main character of the novel, My Name is Joe, by Richard Holloway, PhD, professor and Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Medical College of Wisconsin. Joe is cocky, funny and in trouble at school. And Joe provides Holloway with a way to express his feelings about his son, Evan. Evan, an Alpha, had symptoms of liver...
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