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All Heart: Suffolk rallies for teen heart recipient

Chaunta Chalmers did what she always did while Jasmine was in the hospital last year: she looked at her little girl (far too little, in fact—a teenager trapped in an eight-year-old’s body) and said, “We’re going to do the best with what we have. We’re going to make the best of a bad situation.” The…

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Fairfax Couple Rings in the New Year with New Hearts

Taylor and Collin’s life together officially started in 2016 when they began dating. A young couple living outside of Washington, D.C., they’re celebrating their second Christmas together as they figure out the future and reminisce about a past that’s been full of both sickness and miracles. They celebrated their anniversary on June 9 but it’s…

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Thankful for time: A Galax family heads south for Christmas

While other children are dreaming of a white Christmas, Audrey Gillespie is dreaming of palm trees and Mickey Mouse this year. Audrey spent her first Christmas in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant but this year, she’ll spend her fifth Christmas at Disney World. “We found out at the 20-week ultrasound that she was…

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Marching for Sarah: Grandparents Cope through Advocacy

“Bubbles. They float through the air, they shimmer and glow. They fascinate us with their tremendously complex simplicity. They are both with a breath of air, they pass our way but once, and then, in the blink of an eye, they are gone. But even though they are gone we remember them.” So began the…

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