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Building Authentic Community

Coming out of the 2022 National Conference, Leslie Green and Kevin Caroll’s presentation made it very clear:  If you are going to embark on creating and nurturing a virtual community – authenticity isn’t just needed, but required. Virtual communities need to be built...

Alexus Williams

Alexus Williams

My Diagnosis Story from 9 1/2 Months Old My family would never have known that their life, and my life would change in just three and a half weeks. I was nine and a half months old when I became fatally sick. My 3 ½ week hospitalization would begin in the Pediatric...

Ely Colmenares

Ely Colmenares

Ever since I was little, I knew I was different because I was missing a part of me. However, that never stopped me from doing what I wanted to do. Growing up, I had to adapt to life. My parents let me be independent. I taught myself how to tie my shoes, put my hair...

Teenage Shark Attack Survivor Loses Leg, Not Spirit

The circumstances surrounding an amputation are never easy. But it’s hard to imagine a more traumatic experience than losing a limb due to a shark attack. That’s exactly what happened to 17-year-old Addison Bethea. On June 30, Addison was looking for scallops off the...