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KAREN SAMS: TAKING ON THE UNKNOWN

In 2021 by rladmin

After 41 years of marriage, it was finally time for Georgetown, Texas, couple Karen Sams and her husband, David, to travel out West. The couple looked forward to their trip of a lifetime – Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. But Karen received a call that, quite literally, stopped her in her tracks. She knew …

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LORINDA WILKS: CONQUERING CANCER ONE LINE AT A TIME

In 2021 by rladmin

Sailing through the air, the line leaves soft ripples in the water as Lorinda Wilks fly casts. A lifelong passion, fly fishing has been central to Lorinda’s life for decades. “They say ‘it’s the tug that’s the drug’ – fly fishing draws you in,” says Lorinda. “It’s not conventional, and I like the challenge.” Fly fishing wouldn’t be the only …

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TONY LAUDADIO: SMALL ACTS, BIG IMPACT

In 2021 by rladmin

Tony Laudadio is a giver. He’s also a connector of people, resources, and communities. Tony is a husband and father to three little girls, a brain tumor and renal cell carcinoma survivor, and to fellow cancer survivors and their families, Tony is hope. Tony’s journey began in July 2013 when he was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma at 29 years …

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MIKE DOWNEY: FIGHTING CANCER FOR THE RIDE OF HIS LIFE

In 2020 by rladmin

On a cliffside in Sol y Mar, El Salvador, sits a newly acquired property with Mike Downey’s name on it. Turquoise waters and world-class surf spots lured Mike to Central America years ago, and finding this beachside enclave on El Salvador’s west coast was a real gem. “It’s a hike to get down to the beach, but you can’t beat …

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LINDA MONEY: FOR THE LOVE OF FAMILY

In 2020 by rladmin

For Linda Money, family and faith are everything. Being a wife to a loving husband and mother to two daughters and a son are roles she doesn’t take lightly, but playing Mimi to four grandsons is where Linda really shines. When she was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer, her thoughts immediately shifted to them – how would cancer treatment …

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SEAN CROWLEY: LIVING FOR WHAT MATTERS MOST

In 2020 by rladmin

Sean Crowley doesn’t remember many details about the night his life changed. As a husband and father of three, he spent most of his time working as an attorney, coaching his kids’ sports teams, and enjoying the outdoors with his family. Born and raised in Austin, he was an active, happy, and healthy adult enjoying his late 30s until one …

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KAREN CLEMENTS: FROM ADVERSITY COMES STRENGTH

In 2020 by rladmin

If there’s one thing people say about Karen Clements, it’s that her smile can light up a room. Words like grace, joy, and composure resound upon the mention of her name; but there’s one descriptor that sticks out: resilient. “Karen is such a bright spot in my clinic. Despite the fact that her breast cancer story was complicated with many …

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PAM COOPER: FINDING REFUGE AMID THE FIGHT

In 2020 by rladmin

There’s a bench in Pam Cooper’s backyard with a view as far as the eye can see. It’s a quiet place where she often goes to close her eyes and feel the wind brush against her cheeks. Other times, after a long day, she and her husband sit there to watch the sun get smaller as daylight fades. As an …

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EVERETT SANDERSON: FIGHTING FOR A LIFE WELL LIVED

In 2020 by rladmin

Most mornings when the weather’s nice, you’ll find Everett and Darla Sanderson on their back porch with a cup of coffee enjoying a lake view and each other’s company. They don’t take these mornings for granted. The opportunity to soak in the natural beauty that blankets East Texas almost wasn’t theirs a few short years ago. In 2016, Everett was …

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MAUREEN TOMLINSON: CONQUERING FEAR AND CANCER AMID COVID-19

In 2020 by rladmin

If COVID-19 has taught Maureen Tomlinson of Austin anything, it’s that fear is not a friend. Fear takes you to deep, dark corners of your mind. It dares to keep you up at night and aggressively interrupts your thoughts on a perfectly fine day. Fear conjures the worst-case scenario. Maureen will tell you the only thing to do with fear …