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Samuel McKoy-Johnson

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  Source: FOX 43, Jossie Carbonare / June 1, 2018 Taking big steps and beating the odds. 18-year old Samuel Mckoy-Johnson suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, making his bones easy to break and…

Barb Smith of Hooversville, PA

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 This month, we would like to introduce you to our participant Barbara Smith from Hooversville, PA. Barb lives with Cerebral Palsy and is one of the most talked about and loved participants around the Johnstown office. When Barb…

Michelle Gelles of Johnstown, PA

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Michelle Gelles of Johnstown, PA, is our featured participant this month and we are eager to share her story with you.Growing up, Michelle had a normal life. She was surrounded by a loving and supporting family that never treated her…

Michelle Hess of Pittsburgh, PA

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What really makes a person decide to keep fighting after so many battles and statistics tell you that you will not make it? What makes you get up day after day knowing that most of the doctors you have faced told you that you probably would…
Deb Hockenberry

Deb Hockenberry of Altoona, PA

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This month our featured participant is Deb Hockenberry from Altoona, PA. For 30 years, Deb’s doctors had diagnosed her with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), however, after not having many answers they found out that is was a misdiagnosis for Spinocerebella…

Matthew Dickun of Mount Washington, PA

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Matthew Dickun is a 28 year-old, self-taught artist from Mount Washington, PA. Matthew lives with duchenne muscular dystrophy, but in no way does he allow it to define him.Dickun graduated from Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) with…

Mary T. Boxler of Johnstown, PA

We would like to introduce you to our very own, Mary T. Boxler. Mary is a Johnstown native and a participant of Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy since 1981. Born with Cerebral Palsy, the doctors predicted that she would not live to be 11 years…

Barb Zablotney of Windber, PA

One thing is for sure, we never truly know what tomorrow holds. For UCP participant and Windber, PA native, Barbara Zablotney, one icy night changed her life forever. On December 30th, 2008 at the young age of 21, Barb was in a car accident…

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