Two year old Zoey Harrison plays
with a stethoscope she received at a hospital visit. Zoey was adopted by
the Harrison family of Ithaca, Mich. Zoey was born 31 weeks into her
biological mothers pregnancy and suffered trauma to her head and body
while in the womb, due to severe beatings to the stomach while her
biological mother was in prison. It was also reported that the
biological mother took up to 20 Vicodin a day while pregnant with Zoey.
The result of the trauma and drug abuse was cerebral palsy.
Brandy Garcia holds Isaia
Martinez, 9, as she looks on at a house fire that claimed the life of
her grandfather, Domingo Yabarra, 79, in Port Lavaca, Texas. Ybarra was
Martinez's great grandfather whom he visited almost everyday to hear
stories and spend time together.
Noel Benton, 5, granddaughter of militia member Fritz Benton,
stands in the woods of Island Lake Organizational Campground in
Brighton, Mich., with members of the Michigan Militia during a training
weekend. Noel goes out with the militia three or four times a year.
Pastor Larry Green of Victoria,
Texas raises his hands in worship at God's Church of Restoration in
Victoria. The church opened in 2002. "Its been up and down but were
still here," said Green. Green also works as a chaplain for the Hospice
of South Texas in Victoria where he visits up to 60 patients a month.
AJ Maynard lays on his bed laughing dawning a "Wicked" shirt and
surrounded by photos of "Glee" and one of his favorite artists Barbara
Streisand. Maynard was born with Down syndrome but that hasn't stopped
him from living a full life, competing in multiple Special Olympic
events such as basketball, swimming, and track. Maynard has grown less afraid of the world since competing in the
Special Olympics growing more and more confident. "He use to be afraid
of every loud noise," said AJ's mother Chris Maynard. "Now he is the
Junior forward Taylor Johnson of the Central Michigan Chippewas women's
basketball team holds five year old Katie Johns of Midland on the court
of McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, MI following the Chippewas 92-69
victory over the visiting Akron Zips. Johns was diagnosed in July with Pilocytic Astrocytoma a type of slow growing brain tumor. Her father,
Kurt Johns, say the biggest challenge has been getting her to eat, so
she can gain weight.
Doriann Ramirez rolls over her son
Niko Ramirez, as he wakes up to begin his day of physical rehab inside
his room at TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital in Houston,
Texas. Ramirez was in a motorcycle wreck in May, in which he flipped
several times and landed headfirst in a ditch. He was not wearing a
helmet. Ramirez is slowly recovering from the accident and now must wear
a helmet throughout his rehab. Doctors said Niko wouldn't survive his
ordeal and Doriann credits God for his recovery.
Port Lavaca resident and cancer
patient Audrey Marek lays in her bed and stares at her daughter Diana
Marek at Port Lavaca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Marek is known
as the woman with nine lives because the nursing and home and her family
were afraid they had lost her multiple times. Marek has since passed