Blind Army Captain and Christopher Award Winner Offers Encouragement to Boy Losing His Vision

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In 2011, we recognized Captain Scott Smiley (seen here with his wife Tiffany) with a Christopher Leadership Award. Why? On April 6, 2005, while Captain Smiley was on patrol with his platoon in Iraq, a suicide bomber exploded a car bomb that sent shrapnel and debris into Smiley’¬ís eyes and brain, permanently destroying his vision. [Read More...]

When Your Baby’s Life is Expected to Be Brief: A Look at Perinatal Hospice and Palliative Care

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Pregnancy is supposed to be a joyful time for a couple, but for Amy Kuebelbeck and her husband it was tinged with tragedy as well. In 1999, halfway through their third pregnancy, they learned that their unborn son, who they named Gabriel, had an incurable heart condition and would not live long if he was [Read More...]

St. Jude Children’s Hospital Gets $1.5 Million Because of Ellen’s Oscar Selfie

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The tweet shared ’round the world – a.k.a. Ellen Degeneres’s Oscar selfie with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, and more – has turned into a boon for Ellen’s two favorite charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Humane Society. Samsung, who made the phone that took the picture [Read More...]

Dr. Kevin Hunt and Nicole Schreiner Bring Medicine & Compassion to Uganda’s Poor

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Several pregnant women about to give birth lay on a cold cement floor, shivering due to fever and malaria. That sight prompted Chicago doctor Kevin Hunt to add an unexpected new direction to his life. As I wrote about in a blog post last year, Dr. Hunt traveled to Northern Uganda in 2007 at the [Read More...]


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