Even though their mother had already died in the Arizona desert on her way north from their native Honduras, Angie, 17, and Oscar, 12, decided their odds of survival would be better if they followed her path than if they stayed at home, where they were under constant threat
In spite of having a 3.7 high school GPA, serving as an ROTC Brigade Commander and having been selected for a highly competitive statewide youth leadership program, Trenton Miller says he’d never considered college until a volunteer lawyer showed him his options. “I was just going to go into
At 4 feet 9 inches tall and 85 pounds, Elizabeth Guzman is dead serious when she calls herself a warrior. “God only gives us what we can bear,” she said. “I wish I weren’t so strong.” The 40-year-old cancer survivor is not referring to her ongoing life-or-death battle with disease.
On the verge of 75, Caroline Pennington found herself starting all over again. After a lifetime of hard work and solo parenting, the former marketing executive was looking forward to a comfortable retirement until she fell victim to an investment scam that wiped out her half-million-dollar nest egg. “It was
At 18 months of age, Karls Gonzalez seemed like any other happy toddler. He would return his mother’s smile, had a budding vocabulary that included words like “mama,” “papa,” and “cookies” and had developed a healthy appetite for solid food. But by the time he turned 2, he had become
Kenneth Jacobs held a job his entire adult life until 2008 when he suffered a heart attack. It was the first in a string of serious health complications — including coronary artery disease — that sidelined him from work and left him homeless. “I was always in the hospital,” said
Confined to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis, Clearwater, Fla., resident Patricia Redding, 50, had become a prisoner in her own apartment when promised modifications to make it wheelchair accessible and ADA-compliant were never made. Later, when raw sewage backed up into Redding’s unit, the property manager at Norton Apartments also
All Alan Crotzer wanted was for someone to listen, but no one did. Having served two years in prison for armed robbery, Crotzer had a record that made the prosecutor’s case more convincing. He would spend more than 24 years in prison, wrongly convicted of rape, burglary, robbery and aggravated