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Jordan goes to pre-school


At the end of Jordan’s 2-year-old early intervention class last year, we were faced with where he would attend pre-school. It was another change in what we had envisioned for our kiddos because we had not planned on sending him when he was 3. We met with our local school district’s therapist and teachers to come […]

Weight Management Clinic guides young girl to a healthier life

Pets are a big part of the Horn family. They have 28 registered dairy goats, 4 outdoor cats and a horse.

When Deanna was just 4 years old, she was already being treated for Type 2 Diabetes and her body mass index, or BMI, reached as high as 37 when it should be closer to 21. Excessive weight is one of the most significant risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes, and BMI measures body fat based on height and weight. Since Type 2 Diabetes can often be prevented or managed through weight loss and increased physical activity, Deanna – and her family – made a commitment to do just that.

It’s birthday time

Bekah on her new birthday bike

Four years ago we were struggling with infertility, and the idea that we may never have the chance to be parents was very real, and very sad. Then, 3 years ago Bekah was born and we learned the fast and cold truth that not every baby is born a warm and cuddly bundle of joy.

Awareness, advocacy promote better lives for children with diabetes World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14


Looking back before I became the mom of a child with Type 1 diabetes, I thought all diabetics were created equal. Cut out the sugar and exercise and everything would be hunky-dory. Now that I am the mom of a diabetic, I know better. Educating people about the differences in diabetes and the warning signs leading up […]

Niles boy with leukemia flies high as “Pilot for a Day”

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It was a day of non-stop grinning for 11 year-old Jacob Sypert from Niles, the latest “Pilot for a Day” at the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna.

Brookfield woman honors daughter’s memory with annual toy drive

Rachel Baker

The family and friends of Rachel Baker continue to fulfill her wishes of lifting children’s spirits even four years after she passed away at age 21.

Judy Baker organizes an annual toy drive in her hometown of Brookfield, Ohio, in honor of her daughter, who was studying to become a pediatric oncology nurse at Youngstown State University two years after being diagnosed with leukemia.