TristanTristan was 19 years old, in peak physical condition and weeks away from reporting for Navy S.E.A.L. training when he dove off a seven foot pier into knee-deep water.
“It was July 29 and I was in West Hampton with my friends. We had done a bay swim earlier in the day, hung out for a while, and went back to the beach later that night to swim again. It was after midnight and pitch black,” explained Tristan, a self-professed ‘Adrenaline Junkie.’ READ MORE
AlisonAlison began dancing at age five. She loved it so much she majored in it at college and accepted a position with a dance studio as a teacher after graduation. Shortly after she began to experience loss of coordination and muscle strength and tests revealed she had a rare and very aggressive form of multiple sclerosis. READ MORE
Scot Scot comes from a long line of police officers that includes his father, his twin brother and numerous cousins. There was never any doubt in his mind that he would dedicate his life to service. All that changed when Scot was hit by a car while on duty. His lumbar spine was crushed in four places and his left leg sustained fractures of both the tibia and fibula. READ MORE
Brianna Brianna and her fraternal twin sister were born at just 26 weeks. Brianna weighed a mere 1 lb. 15 oz. and was in the NICU for months. Once discharged though, her world was turned upside down once again when she was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy at eighteen months. READ MORE
Louis Louis felt a tingling in his lips while putting on ChapStick and the next thing he knew he was on the floor and unable to get up. At the hospital it was determined that Lou was having a stroke and he underwent emergency surgery. Unfortunately, Lou had a second more severe stroke several days after his surgery which caused him to lose his ability to speak and swallow, see clearly, and balance himself. READ MORE
BradTwo months after his 15th birthday, Brad sustained a traumatic brain injury while riding his bike and was air-lifted to the hospital. He was on life support and not expected to live through the night. Although Brad survived the night, doctors told his parents that he would never wake up from his coma. Brad, however, had other plans. READ MORE