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Carlie’s Voice

Carlie Foutch’s fingers were so swollen that typing was painful. She sat in her hospital bed, hunched over her sister’s old laptop. The going was slow, but she kept writing.  It was December 2022. She was 15-years-old, stuck in isolation at Children’s Mercy Hospital after a punishing third round of chemo, grueling radiation, and her […]

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Harper’s Hill

A thirteen-year-old loves sledding, but with only one leg, it’s a dream she thinks she has lost “Where are we going, Dad?” Harper Claar asked. Just minutes earlier, her father, Aaron Claar, had hurried 13-year-old Harper, her little sister, and her step-mom into the car. It was the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and the sky

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The Boy Who Saved Santa

A case of mistaken identity Tommy, known by his family as Bear, hugged his stuffed football, looked around his living room, and smiled. He’d been in that hospital forever, getting the tumor in his brain fixed. Now he was home just in time for Christmas. His mommy was in the kitchen, making his Christmas Eve

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Pedal to the Metal

A Passion Becomes A Legacy From an early age, Andrew Hoaglan loved helping his dad. Tim Hoagland, and his brothers fix things, especially cars. “We were always tinkering,” says Matthew Hoaglan, Andrew’s older brother. By age 15, Andrew had his first vehicle—a 1970 VW bus. His dad traded a Go-Kart for the old VW and

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Hunter’s Flight

Taking flight with Santa, a little boy soars above sorrow In the early weeks of December, there were good days for Hannah Saulsbury. Days when she could play like any other toddler. Days when she asked to have her fingernails painted with polish. Days when the 3 year-old didn’t feel the pain — the “owies,”

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