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Finding Squirtles

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I was 12 when we got an Atari. I mostly remember playing Pac-Man. There was something cathartic about being able to eat all of those white dots. Who doesn’t love to eat? And then I found it gratifying to turn around and gobble up the multi-colored gh... Read full article

Dancing Through Life, Including a Triathlon

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With the Special Olympics canceled for another year to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the options for athletes with intellectual disabilities were even more limited. But for 25-year-old Christopher Ballard of Denham Springs, a new athletic challen... Read full article

Live in Today

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Unconquerable

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Gage Gould: Born to Amaze

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Why Do I Buy Toys? A Humorous Listicle of Toys that Aren’t Toys

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Why do I buy stuff? The novelty of opening up a gift is the most exciting part of stuff. In the pandemic, when we first locked down, I thought I could buy my kids’ sanity with more things. I bought art supply kits, toys, and even a bounce house.... Read full article

Eat, Pray, and Bring a Change of Clothes

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I love to travel. Before becoming a proud parent of three darling cherubs, everyone said to me, “Enjoy traveling now because once you have kids, you won’t be able to do it anymore.” Well, I proved all the naysayers wrong by hopping on that plane with... Read full article

Perfect Match Kidney Transplant Makes Dream Come True

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The summer before going to college, Ali Hooks began noticing something was wrong. After her move from Opelousas to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech, she sought medical help for the first time in her young, healthy life.... Read full article

Embracing the Scars

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Happy Even on Her Hardest Days: Life with a Rare Genetic Condition

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Aubrey Martin is a fighter. Living with Rett syndrome and its associated global developmental delays is her everyday life. But in 2020, she faced a more urgent and critical health issue when she developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children... Read full article

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