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Aaron Wright
on Mon, July 18, 2016
Aaron Wright watched his wife and son walk out the door as he lay in a hospital bed and knew something had to change. The 46-year-old police officer weighed...
Gaye Ruschen
on Mon, July 18, 2016
The wheelchair ramp that extends from Gaye and Jim Ruschen’s garage into their southeast Wichita home is more functional than fancy. But it has been both, as...
Mary Smith weight loss
on Mon, July 04, 2016
Mary Smith’s love for horses and riding them began as a child when her mother purchased a Shetland pony. But a couple of years ago, her weight made doing her...
Virgil Miller
on Thu, June 23, 2016
When Virgil Miller was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, he wasn’t eager to spend months getting treatment or recovering from surgery. But...
Jenny German
on Mon, June 20, 2016
Jenny German's positive and bubbly attitude belies the challenges she's facing with a rare autoimmune disorder. “When life knocks me down, I’m going to work...
James Thorns
on Wed, June 15, 2016
David Karlin is passionate about creating a great home for elderly Kansans. As the executive director of Via Christi Village in Hays, Karlin and his team of...
Heidi Porter
on Tue, June 14, 2016
Heidi Porter has tried dozens of diets since her preteen years, losing “a lot of weight” — but always gaining it back. By the time she was in her 30s, she was...
Tad Stricker
on Sun, June 12, 2016
When my wife and I moved back to her hometown of Wichita from Chicago in 2013, we knew that we wanted to start a family.  We wanted to be surrounded by...
Jennifer Bean stroke survivor
on Tue, June 07, 2016
For Jennifer Bean, Feb. 7, 2015, is a day she’ll never forget. She had just returned from riding horses with her teenage daughter, Zoe, and friend, Genea...
Glenda King
on Tue, May 31, 2016
What’s the secret to happiness? Shawn Achor, an author and expert in positive psychology, says kindness and gratitude are two keys to leading a happier life...

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