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Friday, December 27, 2019

Disheveled, tattered clothes, worn-out shoes and no backpack. Some kids saw a target — someone to pick on. Hannah Karanick saw a boy who needed help.

Hannah told her parents about the boy in her school. They soon learned he and his mother were living out of their car. Her family offered to help and took the boy in for a year while his mother got back on her feet. While the boy lived with them, Hannah watched him become a new person.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

The holidays were rapidly approaching when Alexander’s baby brother, Benjamin, was again admitted into Levine Children’s hospital because of a severe fever. Weeklong stints in the hospital were becoming normal for the young family. Alexander was a regular visitor. Caring and outgoing, he bonded with hospital staff. His favorite holiday was Christmas, and as it drew near, Alexander asked when the patients went home for the holidays. He was shocked to learn that most didn’t. Saddened by how many children underwent treatment, each one became another reason for him to take action.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Things changed in middle school. Stress, depression and substance abuse were becoming commonplace. Allison Tu saw it so clearly. Couldn’t the parents and teachers? Maybe they thought it was classic teenage angst, hormones or a flair for the dramatic. But mental health issues for youth throughout Kentucky were all too real. One student took their own life in sixth grade, then another freshman year.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The pain starts out dull, then becomes sharp and pulsing. Light and sound make it worse. The only option is retreat to bed, away from the world. Caleb Oh spent much of the last 10 years suffering from painful migraines. Though often missing school, he found much-needed solace in books – one in particular, the biography of Jane Goodall.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

“I loved my sister Lucy very much. She was the sweetest baby, even though she had a lot of medical issues that meant she would spend long periods of time in the hospital,” remembered Grace Beal.

Her family was turned upside down by the death of little Lucy. Grace felt alone. She was in second grade and didn’t know what to do with her grief. But she did know she wanted to keep the memory of Lucy alive.

Raising money and hope

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