No one knows better than Stacy Woelfel that simply being with family is the best that life has to offer. For Stacy and her four-year-old daughter Caroline, there are no quick fixes ahead. Born with a hole in her heart, Caroline’s illness has left her with underlying conditions like chronic fatigue, autonomic dysfunction, and the need for leg braces. Due to Caroline’s ongoing conditions, she has to go to the hospital at least once […]

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Saturday, January 13th, changed the Parsley family forever. Ten-year-old Coleton Parsley was enjoying the snow, sledding on a family farm, when he tumbled from his sled and struck a utility pole. Coleton was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and underwent extensive surgery. He suffered from a skull fracture, six broken ribs, a bilateral hip fracture, and a torn ligament in his neck. After three weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Coleton […]

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Six months ago our 11-year- old son Andrew had surgery to remove a brain tumor. After spending weeks in the intensive care unit at Egleston, Andrew was transferred to Scottish Rite and hospitalized for another month as doctors worked to stabilize him. While they were successful in removing the tumor, Andrew no longer has a pituitary gland or functioning hypothalamus. He would need therapy to relearn to walk, dress himself and other daily functions we […]

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As Hurricane Irma was quickly approaching, the Costa Family was hit with more problems than one. Mom, Sara, was 36 weeks pregnant when the storm hit the Florida Keys. Her husband, Nate, had a job that forced him to bunker down in their hometown of Fort Lauderdale. Sara and her two daughters had to evacuate to Georgia without Nate. “The stress of not knowing if we were leaving our house and coming back to rubble […]

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To my family and me, being together is a gift.  Around this time last year, my son Brandon went to bed a healthy, adventurous, 6-year-old. The next morning, he woke up completely paralyzed on the right side of his body. Countless tests and hospital stays later, he was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis – a rare neurological illness that causes random paralysis in children. With the best pediatric rehabilitation program almost three hours from our […]

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