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Adoption, For Kids, Inspiring Friends, Paralympics

Paralympic Jessica Long Travels Back to Russia to Meet Her Birth Family

25 Oct , 2014  

My friend and fellow athlete Jessica Long was also adopted from Russia. We have both been very fortunate to be able to reconnect with our birth families. In this video Jessica returns to meet them for the very first time. “Long Way Home” chronicles the story of Jessica Long, a world-class swimmer, 12-time Paralympic gold […]

For Kids, Inspiring Friends

Washington Capitals Star Ovechkin surprises 10-year-old with Sushi Date

17 Oct , 2014  

Ann Schaab is 10 years old. She has Down’s syndrome. Ann boldly asked her famous crush, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, out for a sushi date on Sept. 11 during an American Special Hockey Association skate with 60 children hosted by Ovechkin at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Caps’ training facility. The captain dragged his feet […]

For Kids, Inspiring Friends, Racing

My Hero: Tatyana Greets One of Her Fans

2 Oct , 2014  

This is me with Addison Zellner, one of my biggest fans, and as it has turned out, I am one of her biggest fans! View Video of Tatyana and Addison

Adoption, Inspiring Friends

Anjali Forber Pratt – A Portrait of Success

2 Sep , 2014  

Anjali is a dear friend of mine. She is an elite wheelchair racer, Paralympic ambassador, public speaker and PhD graduate from the University of Illinois. She is the the 2011 World Champion in the 200m and holds two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. The following is a story that she shared about […]

For Kids, Inspiring Friends

Achieving a Full Life with Spina Bifida

17 Jun , 2014  

A great story of how one family and the help of technology Maurice is a mechanical shunt in Evangeline Kugler’s brain that drains the fluid that would otherwise collect there because of her spina bifida. That’s just one of the many complications of the birth defect that will follow the baby, who’s almost 9 months […]