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Sarah Lister and Thad Kunkel

Sarah Lister

After overcoming her leukemia diagnosis, Sarah Lister was determined to meet the anonymous bone marrow donor who saved her life.

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Gregg and Kim Whiteker with their dog Gracie

Gregg Whiteker

Quick action by UK’s stroke experts saves Lexington man’s life

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Max and Kara Middleton

JC Middleton Family

Family confronts diabetes with help from UK

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Dr. Philip Kern and Angelique Bell

Angelique Bell

Research participation leads to a life-saving personal discovery

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Davina Leedy

Rare complication requires expert care from UK Dentistry

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Tom Wall

Tom Wall

Gill patient takes control of his health by joining clinical trial

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Brandy and Jason Smith

Brandy Smith

UK nursing student refuses to let cancer diagnosis delay her dreams

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Joey Maggard wearing a red football uniform

Joey Maggard

13-year-old boy enjoys being “normal kid” again after epilepsy surgery

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Katie Schaftlein with baby Sadie

Katie Schaftlein

Quintuplets arrive at UK, granting mom a special birthday wish

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Childhood photo of Sonja Embry

Sonja Embry

48 years later, UK heart patient continues to thrive

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Francis Ciannello with Dr. James Liau

Francis Ciannello

Family teams with UK’s Dr. James Liau to raise awareness of cleft care

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Geri Maschio on a crowded street in Italy

Geri Maschio

Innovative pain-relief treatment allows woman to enjoy trip to Italy

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Andrea Crookston at her desk

Andrea Crookston

Dental implants give woman new smile, new confidence

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Kenley Overton and her family

Kenley Overton

Diagnosing eye cancer early preserves girl’s sight

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Alexis Johnson and her horse Joey going over a hurdle

Alexis Johnson

Eye care experts provide lifelong support for blind equestrian

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Joy Andrade and Dr. Rodrigo Fuentealba

Joy Andrade

UK senior is all smiles thanks to collaborative care at UK Dentistry

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Dr. Ana Ruzic holds Connor Stacy

Connor Stacy

Pediatric surgeon tells little Connor’s story of hope

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Claire Fussinger

Claire Fussinger

UK Dentistry gives Northern Ky. woman a happy, healthy smile

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Angela Chaney and her family

Angela Chaney

UK orthopaedic surgeon finds answer to woman’s chronic hip pain

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Priscilla Riley

Priscilla Riley

After a lifetime of heart problems, clinical study makes all the difference for Manchester woman

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Lisa Conley with her new insulin pump

Lisa Conley

Innovative insulin pump gives diabetes patient more freedom

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Destiny Taschner

Destiny Taschner

After dangerous stroke, Lexington teen set to graduate high school

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Jon Wes Adams with his father, brother Gardner, and their puppy

Jon Wes Adams

UK HealthCare experts diagnose twins' rare heart condition

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Allyson and Kathleen Lovell

Allyson Lovell

In good hands: young woman finds help for heart failure

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Dr. Roy and Lilly Varghese

Roy Varghese

Heart network relationships pay off for Kentucky physician facing his own health crisis

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Myrl Sizemore with his dog Sarge.

Myrl Sizemore

Sarge the dog and UK heart care experts save Kentucky man’s life

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Daniel "DJ" Johnson

DJ Johnson

Six-year-old DJ Johnson had an extremely rare condition – fluid on his brain, followed by a stroke. After being treated by the neurology experts at UK, find out how DJ is doing today.

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Joseph Madison

Joseph Madison

Congestive heart failure devastated Joseph Madison's active life and career as a chauffeur. After a heart transplant, see how he's doing today.

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Erika Carter

Erika Carter

With cancer behind her, it's back to school again for Erika Carter.

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Dr. Kudrimoti with Barry Warner.

Barry Warner

Cancer survivor loses sense of taste to treatment, but says life is sweeter

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Claudia Hall walking her dog

Claudia Hall

Conquering a complex colorectal diagnosis

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Geri McDowell swings a golf club.

Geri McDowell

Clinging to life, Markey patient saved by clinical trial

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Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith

Facing permanent brain damage, patient turns to UK for unlikely answer: a liver transplant.

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Jason Conn at work in his garage.

Jason Conn

Jason Conn is one of a growing number of adults who have survived congenital heart disease into adulthood.

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Joyce Sears

Joyce Sears

Joyce Sears' bad headache turned out to be a blood clot that required an emergency procedure.

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Teresa Schladt plays guitar.

Teresa Schladt

Surviving end-stage organ failure, a liver transplant and cancer takes an extraordinary team.

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Meg Gravil

Meg Gravil

New year, new goals for UK grad student and cancer survivor.

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Courtney Wilson with her daughter Carlee and Dr. Jessica Lee

Courtney Wilson

Advanced medicine saved this stroke patient's life. This is how she said thank you.

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Allison Couri with her service dog at gradualtion

Allison Couri

UK student celebrates graduation one year after suffering strokes.

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Families tell their stories of Alzheimer's.

Sanders-Brown Center Families' Stories

Six families coping with Alzheimer's share their stories.

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Adrianne Rogers with members of her care team.

Adrianne Rogers

Gill gives Lexington woman, 23, new heart and new life.

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Lung transplant patient Glenda Brown with Dr. Maher Baz.

Glenda Brown

Double-lung transplant breathes new life into Winchester woman.

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Heart transplant patient Reuben Ligon.

Reuben Ligon

Reuben Ligon had a broken heart for years. When it came time to replace it with a transplanted one, there was only one place he would trust for the surgery: UK.

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Todd Svoboda with his wife Franci.

Todd Svoboda

Former Wildcat teams up with Markey experts to beat rare cancer.

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Pediatric patient Mackenzee Walters.

Mackenzee Walters

UK HealthCare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital team up to help 11-year-old with painful illness.

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Hip arthroplasty patient Patty Lane.

Patty Lane

After hip surgery at UK, triathlete pursues her passion without limits.

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Heart and kidney transplant patient Conrad Webster.

Conrad Webster

Conrad Webster knew his time was almost up. A double transplant changed that.

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